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Mangaluru cooker blast BJP’s ‘diversionary tactic’: DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar alleged that the pressure cooker blast in an autorickshaw in the city of Mangaluru in Karnataka on November 19 was an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from a voter data theft scam.

“The cooker blast was an attempt to divert attention from the vote-gate issue. They think people are fools. They are provoking the sentiments of people for electoral gains,” D K Shivakumar said on Thursday.

According to the Congress chief, the low-intensity blast caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) was prematurely termed an act of terrorism by Karnataka Police and that it was part of an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from a voter data theft scam allegation made by the Congress party on 17 November, two days before the blast.

On 19 November, an accidental blast occurred in an autorickshaw in Mangaluru when a suspect, Mohammed Shariq, 23, who is accused in two separate cases of unlawful activities was carrying a pressure cooker IED in a bag in the vehicle.

“Is it an act of terror like in Mumbai, Delhi, or Kashmir? By showing the blast in a big light the BJP wants to win votes. The BJP has no big achievements to show to voters,” asks the Karnataka Congress chief.

Hours after his comments were condemned by BJP leaders and Karnataka Chief Minister, the Congress leader took to Twitter to assert his opinion.

He said: “Congress party believes in truth. BJP believes in lies. Congress wants honest investigation in Mangalore blast and voter data blast. BJP only wants to play politics and mislead the people.”

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