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President, VP, Sonia condemn Mumbai blasts

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and several other political leaders on Wednesday night condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai that have claimed at least 21 lives and injured over 100.

"The President is grieved to know about the incident of blasts in Mumbai and has condoled the loss of lives in these blasts", a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said.

"The President wishes speedy recovery to those injured in the incident in Mumbai," it added.

"Vice-President Hamid Ansari expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks targeted against innocent people causing numerous fatalities and casualties," a statement from the Vice- President`s Secretariat said.

"Such acts are aimed at destabilising the nation," he said and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Mumbai and appealed to the people of the megapolis to remain calm and show a united front.

Singh, who is monitoring the developments related to the three explosions, spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram and also to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

He asked Chavan to do whatever is possible to provide relief to the injured and the families of the deceased.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi condemned the dastardly act of terror in Mumbai and said such acts of cowardice would be dealt appropriately.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari condemned the Mumbai blasts in the strongest possible terms and asked the government to take a clear stand in setting up an effective anti-terror infrastructure.

BJP veteran LK Advani also spoke with Chidambaram to seek an update on the developments.

Condemning the multiple blasts, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said the terrorists wanted to prove that present Union government is "not capable" to contain them.

"I condemn the blasts which has thrown the challenge to humanists forces of the country," Modi said.

"By triggering these blasts, nefarious elements want to prove that the present Central government is not capable to contain them and they have the strength to destroy the country," he said.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party also condemned the blasts and has requested the citizens of Mumbai to remain calm and help the agencies to maintain law and order.

"Citizens are advised not to touch anything unidentified and report suspicious and unclaimed goods to the police," said Mahesh Tapase, spokesperson, NCP Maharashtra.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi said the terror attacks deserved condemnation from all.


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