Both the BJP and the Congress condemned the attacks in Paris and called for united action against terror, on Saturday.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply pained to hear the news of the attacks. Words cannot adequately condemn such attacks where innocent people have been killed… At this difficult hour, the people of India firmly stand with the people of France. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.”
In a statement issued by the BJP office, senior leader L K Advani too condemned the “dastardly terror attack” and called it an “attack on all of humanity”. “I appeal to all world powers to collectively work on suppressing these terrorist organisations,” he said.
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The BJP described the attacks in Paris as an attack on all peace-loving nations and urged all countries that want peace and progress to join hands against the Islamic State. “These attacks are most painful. The attack is not on Paris alone but on humanity, on all peace-loving countries. It is time for all nations wanting peace and progress to unite to fight IS. The IS is not confined to a country but is a poisonous ideology which must be destroyed,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said terror cannot defeat freedom but will only strengthen the resolve to fight against “senseless violence”. “Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Paris. My thoughts & prayers are with the people of France in this hour of grief and anguish,” he tweeted.
“Terror cannot defeat freedom and liberty, it will only strengthen our resolve to fight against this senseless violence,” he said.
The coordinated attacks by armed gunmen at multiple sites in Paris bore chilling similarities with the 26/11 terror attack carried out by the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Mumbai in 2008.