Leader of the Opposition LK Advani has termed the Mumbai attack as the most ferocious terrorist attack of the country since Independence.
"It is the most ferocious terrorist attack in India since Independence. Mumbai is the financial capital of the country and such attacks not only affect India but also the rest of the world," Advani said after his arrival here in the evening.
When asked if he saw the whole attack as a government failure, he said, "the government itself has agreed that it is an intelligence failure."
"I will speak on the attack in detail later," he added.
When asked why did he not accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as planned and said by him in the morning, he said, "he (PM) was getting late and it seemed that he would come only tomorrow. I have my election programmes planned for tomorrow and hence had to rush because I wanted to take a feel of the situation here," he said.
Party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi that the original plan of Advani to visit Mumbai along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to be altered after his talk with Home Minister Shivraj Patil this afternoon in which Patil had suggested the visit would take place tomorrow.
"Advaniji have election-campaign programmes in Rajasthan tomorrow and hence he decided to leave for Mumbai along with party leader Jaswant Singh," he said.