PM’s trip to Mumbai only after operations end

November 27th, 2008 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Mumbai only after operations by security forces to flush out terrorist in the two luxury hotels are over and matters have become normal, said sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here Thursday.The prime minister has been carefully monitoring developments in the city after 101 people were killed in a series of militant attacks when gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades burst into luxury hotels and other landmark buildings Wednesday night.

“Matters are already tense there and a visit of a VIP at this point will be an inconvenient proposition,” said a senior official.

With operations at both the five-star hotels being carried out by the elite National Security Guard, the prime minister’s election rally in the capital was also cancelled.

Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani said that he would visit Mumbai along with Manmohan Singh.

“I had earlier thought of going (to Mumbai) in the morning but I was told that the state government wishes that such visits will only be helpful once the operations are over. In the meanwhile, I have spoken to PM… The PM said I go along with him and I agreed,” he said.

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