Allround condemnation for serial blasts in Delhi

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New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) People, parties and organisations of all hues and colours condemned the serial blasts in the capital which claimed more than 20 lives and injured over a hundred others.

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, while presenting the 'Rajbhasha Award' on the occasion of Hindi Divas today, said attempts by disruptive forces could not dent the resolve of the country and national unity was the need of the hour.

Condemning the serial blasts in the strongest terms, she expressed sympathy and condolence for those killed and injured in the blasts.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the Government will never let the plans of anti-national elements succeed and will keep working towards thwarting any attempt to disturb peace.

''Appropriate action will be taken against those responsible for yesterday's blasts in Delhi and due support would be provided to those affected,'' he added.

Delhi Assembly Speaker Prem Singh said such cowardly acts dampen the spirit of those pursuing peace and brotherhood.

Calling upon people to remain alert against forces which were out to divide the nation, Mr Singh said we must unitedly fight the menace of terror.

Delhi BJP president Harshvardhan while terming the blasts as 'heinous crime' sought resignation of Mr Patil ''for his inability to curb incidents of terrorism'' in the country.

He also appealed to the people to have patience and fight terror unitedly.

Expressing its ''anguish and shock'' at the incident, the Delhi CPI said such anti-human activities were being done to disturb peace and harmony and trigger communal violence in the country.

It appealed to the people to defeat the very purpose of terrorists by coming all out to help the victims of the blast, while remaining vigilant against those wanting to exploit the environment of panic and vulnerability.

The National Akali Dal burnt effigies of terrorism while demanding military action against Pakistan, whom they said was aiding and abetting terror activities.

It also said that the government's lax policies were responsible for the spread of terror in the country.

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, in his statement, while praying to the Almighty to give strength to those affected by the blasts, appealed to the people of Delhi to maintain peace and communal harmony at all costs.

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