Condemning as dastardly and inhuman the serial blasts in Mumbai, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday night asked the Maharashtra government to apprehend the culprits behind the attacks immediately. Gandhi, who is also UPA chairperson, spoke to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and asked them to tighten security measures. She also called for undertaking immediate relief measures. Expressing deep grief and shock over the blasts, she appealed to people all over the country to “collectively isolate such elements from society”.
The Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani blamed the ruling UPA govt’s “soft approach” on terrorism for the serial bombings in Mumbai and Srinagar. Expressing his anguish, BJP president Rajnath Singh said the terror attacks have increased since the repeal of POTA two years ago. He joined former PM A.B. Vajpayee and Advani in appealing for calm.
The Left parties too strongly condemned the serial blasts in Mumbai and asked the government to beef up security across the country and restore normalcy. “We would also appeal to the people not to fall prey to any provocation. The whole country must unitedly face the situation,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said.
Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz strongly condemned Tuesday’s terror attacks and expressed condolences over the loss of innocent lives.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday night reiterated his government’s resolve to defeat the terrorists’ evil designs even as he called upon the people of Mumbai and J&K to remain calm and face the situation with courage and fortitude. Singh stressed on the resolve to “work to defeat the evil designs of terrorists” and “not allow them to succeed”.
Meanwhile, President APJ Abdul Kalam also appealed for calm and asked people to assist the administration in providing relief to the injured. "The President has said such inhuman acts are condemnable out rightly and persons responsible for this should be brought to book at the earliest," a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman said.