Don't Just Salute Mumbaikars, Protect Them From Terror: Uddhav

Mumbai, Jul 14: Lambasting Congress for alleged failure and inaction against terrorism, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray today said instead of just saluting the resilient spirit of Mumbaikars, the Government should see to it
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PTI 14 Jul 2011, 17:50:28 PM IST

Mumbai, Jul 14: Lambasting Congress for alleged failure and inaction against terrorism, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray today said instead of just saluting the resilient spirit of Mumbaikars, the Government should see to it that innocent people don't suffer.

“The (Congress) rulers salute Mumbai's spirit and then easily forget everything. Why should innocent people suffer?

Who will take responsibility (of the attack)? They (Government) should be taken to task,” Uddhav told reporters outside J J Hospital where he had gone to visit some of the victims of yesterday's serial bomb blasts.  Asked about the responsibility of the Centre and intelligence agencies, an angry Uddhav said, “This is happening way too often...Is there a Government at the Centre?  Every two to three years the city gets attacked by terrorists.”

After seeing the wounded persons, the Sena leader said, “So many injured... some lost their legs and hands...what is their fault?”

Uddhav had earlier also visited the blast victims admitted at KEM Hospital in central Mumbai.

At least 21 people were killed and 141 injured in three blasts that rocked Mumbai last evening.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena today reacted sharply to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's statement that all terrorist attacks cannot be stopped, terming it as an “insult” to Mumbai.

“Rahul does not leave a single chance to insult Mumbai. When he says the terror attacks will continue to happen, it shows that he is not fit to live in India,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

Raut was reacting to Congress General Secretary's statement in Bhubaneshwar that it was very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack.

Gandhi had said though 99 per cent terror strikes in the country had been prevented due to vigilance and intelligence, the aim was to achieve 100 per cent result. 

“It is very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack. Steps taken by our government (to tackle terror) over the years have been very profound steps,” he said. 

When pointed out that there was no terror attack in the US after the 9/11 strike whereas India often faced the menace, Gandhi said the Americans had been facing attacks in other places like Afghanistan.

Raut alleged that by his statement on the US coming under terror attacks in places like Afghanistan the Congress leader had wrongly drawn a parallel between those martyred in Mumbai and the victims in the strife-torn country.

“We elect you to protect us. When you compare the Mumbai attacks to those in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, it is an insult to those killed in these (Mumbai) attacks,” the Sena MP said. PTI

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