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Hyderabad blasts: Sushma criticises government

Posted on Feb 22, 02:10PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 22 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday criticised the Centre and asked why it failed to prevent the twin blasts in Hyderabad on Thursday despite having prior intelligence alerts about security threats this week.

"This is a time when we need to be united to fight against terrorism," Swaraj said in the Lower House of the Parliament.

"The Home Minister himself said that he gave the information. But in case there was information then the blame doubles. If there was information then what was the Centre and the state doing?" the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha said.

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on the second day of budget session on Friday till noon after uproarious scenes were witnessed over the Hyderabad blasts and Sri Lanka war crimes.

The Upper House (Rajya Sabha) witnessed uproar over the Hyderabad blasts in which 15 people died and 119 were injured. The House was adjourned till noon.

The Lok Sabha also witnessed uproar over the Sri Lanka war crimes and it was adjourned till noon as well.

The Lok Sabha resumed work after it reassembled at noon but the Upper House of the Parliament was adjourned till 2:30 pm, reports said.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who visited Hyderabad on Friday morning, is likely to make a statement in Parliament at 2:30 pm.

The death toll in the two explosions that ripped through the crowded areas of Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad Thursday evening rose to 15, officials said on Friday, even as the finger of suspicion pointed towards the Indian Mujahideen (IM).

Officials said at least 119 were injured in the terror strikes, of which five are in critical condition.

Shinde, who reached Hyderabad in the morning, said though there were intelligence reports it was not specific and so the police is not to be blamed at the moment.

"A general alert was given for the last about two-three days to the whole country. It was not a specific area. I don't think the police has failed. It is too early to talk on it," Shinde said.