"Centre responsible for Hyderabad blasts"
New Delhi, Feb 22 : India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday held the Centre responsible for the Hyderabad blasts that killed at least 16 people.
"I hold the Centre responsible for the blast....The Centre did not provide specific intelligence inputs to Andhra Pradesh," BJP president Rajnath Singh while addressing a press conference on Friday.
Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said the government treated the issue of terror in a 'casual manner'.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday made a statement in the Lok Sabha after visiting Hyderabad city and said the government is committed to 'combat' such 'cowardly' attacks.
"16 people died, 117 were injured in Hyderabad blasts. The government is committed to combat such cowardly attacks," Shine said.
He said the government is determined to punish the perpetrators.
"Today, I went to Hyderabad....I visited the scene of occurrence and there after met the injured...I reviewed the situation with the Governor, the Chief Minister and other senior officials," he said.
The BJP, however, criticised the Home Minister and said his statement was a 'very routine' one.
Slamming the Home Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said: "After Centre's alert on possible terror strikes, did you try to help the state government to prevent the attacks?"
Meanwhile, the death toll in the two blasts that rocked crowded areas of Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad on Thursday evening rose to 16, officials said on Friday.
At least 117 people were injured in the two blasts that ripped through the city as the finger of suspicion pointed towards the Indian Mujahideen (IM).