New Delhi: Dismissing BJP criticism on the Union home minister attending a Bollywood music launch hours after serial blasts in Patna, Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said Sushilkumar Shinde "has a life beyond Patna".
Khurshid also criticised BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for going ahead with the Patna rally despite the blasts, saying "after an event like this happens, you should give up whatever happens".
Defending Shinde for attending the music release of a film just hours after the blast, the external affairs minister said, "Shinde has a life beyond Patna....and the awful thing that happened."
"The law and order was the responsibility of the state government and if the state government was to ask Shinde or the home ministry to take over something, he would be there on the phone," he said.
Criticising Modi for going ahead with the rally, the external affairs minister said, "May I ask was the rally suspended? You criticised Shinde for carrying on with life as usual but nobody has asked questions that nothing happened to Modi, he went on with his speech, not a word about the people who died, because it was not in the script or was it in the script that we had not seen?"