The explosion near Karnataka's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office will help the party in next month's assembly elections, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad said Wednesday.
"If the blast near BJP's office in Banglore is a terror attack, it will certainly help the BJP politically on the eve of election," Ahmad said on Twitter. The election will be held May 5.
His remarks were criticised by the BJP as unwarranted and uncalled for.
"Such remarks are uncalled for and should not have come from a senior Congress leader. The party (Congress) has already accepted defeat in Karnataka," said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.
Image: A police officer inspects the site of an explosion at a residential neighborhood near the office of Bharatiya Janata Party in Bangalore, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. A powerful bomb exploded Wednesday near the office of the political party in Bangalore, injuring at least 16 people, police said.