Indian leaders come together in time of terror crisis

Indian leaders come together in time of terror crisis

Hanoi:President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have strongly condemned the deadly terror attacks in Mumbai and asked people to maintain calm.

“Such acts are highly condemnable," the President, who is on a four-day visit to Vietnam, said in a statement from Hanoi on Thursday.

Patil asked people to cooperate with the authorities at this crucial moment. The Vice President said such terrorist acts were aimed at destabilizing the nation and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour.

Expressing deep shock at the scale of attacks in the heart of Mumbai, Ansari, who is on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh, expressed the resolve of the people to fight terrorism.

Manmohan Singh, while condemning the terror attacks last night, assured all help to Maharashtra in meeting the situation.

Maharashtra Governor S C Jamir: He described the attacks as the ‘worst-ever’ in the city, “My heart goes out to innocent people and the brave police officers who became martyrs while discharging their duty," Jamir said.

“I express strong resolve of the Maharashtra Government that terrorists will be brought to justice," he asserted.

Bharatiya Janata Party: The BJP, which has been attacking the Congress over its handling of the internal security situation said it will refrain from being critical of the government at this juncture in view of the Mumbai terror strikes which it termed as a “national crisis".

BJP chief Rajnath Singh spoke to party Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani this morning over phone from Jaipur and decided “not go critical" of the government on the issue “in this time of crisis", the party said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh: He strongly condemned the terror strikes and asked people not to believe in rumours. He assured the people that his government will take stringent action against the culprits involved in the attacks.

Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal: “We are considering the terrorists attack in Mumbai as a war and dealing the situation like war-time emergency," Jaiswal said.

AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi: He said it was an attack on the country and not only on Mumbai. Rahul observed two minute silence before addressing an election campaign as a mark of respect to those who were killed in the attack.

Telugu Desham Party (TDP) along with the Left parties - CPI and CPM burnt the effigies of “terrorists" in Mumbai.

Leaders of the parties alleged that this was a failure of intelligence and demanded the Central government to take steps to curb the terrorist’s activities in the country.

CPM leaders Uma Maheswara Rao, R Raghu, CPI leaders S Nageswara Rao, TDP leader A Brahmanaiah, participated in the agitation.

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa : Described the terror attack as a ‘dastardly act of cowardice to disturb peace and harmony´ in the country, she demanded a special act like POTA to effectively deal with extremism and terrorism.