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Sena, oppn dismiss claim of Maoist plot to target PM "laughable": BJP hits back

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The government's claim about a Maoist plot to assassinate was today questioned by BJP's ally as well as the and who dubbed it "laughable" and a story of a horror film.

As a high-level meeting presided by decided to strengthen the security of the prime minister, the BJP slammed opposition parties for claiming that the plot could be a publicity ploy and said it was the "lowest point of insensitivity and politics".

While the said the claim "does not seem to be legitimate", alleged the BJP was playing the "threat letter card" to gain sympathy.

The comments came against the backdrop of a claim by police that Maoists were plotting assassination of the as well as Minister

The police, after arresting five people with alleged maoist links last week, had said that a letter was seized from the house of one of them in which there was a suggestion about assassinating Modi in "Rajiv Gandhi-type incident".

".. the plot to assassinate them (Modi and Fadnavis) seems mysterious and the story of a horror film," said an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna'.

Quoting contents of the purported Maoist letter, the editorial said, "Modi has succeeded in forming governments in 15 states. If this continues, the organisation will be in trouble. And thus, Modi should be eliminated. All this was revealed by the police which seems laughable."

It said the issue is being milked for political purpose, adding, "this conspiracy does not seem to be legitimate, is what being said by the experts."

The Sena said that Modi's security is as strong as (Israel's intelligence agency) and it is virtually impossible for anybody to penetrate it.

Earlier, raised doubts over the veracity of the threat letter.

"The BJP has realised that they are losing the popular support. In order to gain sympathy, the BJP is now playing the threat letter card. However, I am sure that the people will not fall prey to such tactics," he said at a function in Pune yesterday.

"I have spoken to a who told me that when such letters come they do not go to media but to the security agencies which make sure that adequate security measures are taken," the former minister said.

Fadnavis hit out at Pawar, saying he was not expected to "stoop to this level". In a tweet in Marathi, Fadnavis said that "Pawar ji should play of the nation and not of hatred."

Questioning the veracity of the threat letter seized by police, senior P said it is "unverified", and noted that it was government's duty to provide foolproof protection and security to the

"I do not think you should take all these unverified letters as though they are official documents. Such letters will float about," told reporters when asked about the threat letter.

"It is the business of the government to offer and provide complete protection to the Prime Minister of ..So let the Government take whatever measures it has to take to provide complete foolproof protection and security of the prime minister. We are all interested in the security of the PM of India," the former told reporters in

said everybody should have condemned such an attempt, more so as has lost two prime ministers to violence.

"People are still not sensitive," the BJP said at a conference in

Javadekar said instead of questioning those who wrote the letter opposition parties were questioning as to how it came to the fore.

"This is the lowest point of insensitivity and politics".

If there is threat against opposition leaders, the government takes it very seriously, he said, adding that violence by Maoists, and terrorists have killed many people.

"Even in this people are bringing This is so bad".

held the high-level meeting in which Ajit Doval, and were present to review the prime minister's security in the wake of inputs about threat to Modi's life.

The home minister directed that all necessary measures be taken in consultation with other agencies to suitably strengthen the security arrangements for the prime minister, statement said in New

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 21:00 IST