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BJP to campaign against clemency for Afzal

October 05, 2006 16:25 IST

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Accusing the Centre of failing to safeguard internal security, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday threatened to launch a nationwide awareness campaign against the mercy plea for Mohammad Afzal Guru, facing execution for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament.

Senior BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders, who met at party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence on Wednesday, have decided to make the campaign seeking clemency for Guru a big issue and ask the Centre to follow a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism, L K Advani, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, told reporters in Bhopal.

"How can logic be given that the execution of the capital punishment will produce martyrs," he asked, adding: "Everyone was of the view that the Supreme Court verdict against those involved in the assassinations of former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi should be executed. Why is there a demand to commute Afzal's sentence?"

"It is surprising that no Congress spokesman has spoken about it yet," Advani said.

The BJP will hold meetings across the country and move the public for execution of the apex court's ruling in one of the rarest of rare cases. The party will also seek an appointment with President A P J Abdul Kalam to ask him to ensure execution of the Supreme Court verdict.

Accusing the Centre of completely failing to safeguard internal security by following wrong policies, Advani said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement about not pursuing talks with Pakistan after the 7/11 attacks had raised hopes but events that followed had created gloom.

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Sub: With BJP

BJP is doing a right thing by campaigning against clemency for afzal . I don\\\'t know what the hell has gone with congress government . ...

Posted by shashank

Sub: ha ha...

wah BJP wahh.. You people dont have anything else to do except this kinda drama, yatra, etc.. God bless Indians!

Posted by Indian

Sub: What a country!!

Here we have street riots demanding that islamofacist terrorist be treated nice with 5-Star comforts, while our sacred Shankaracharya is put in jail on false ...

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Sub: Hang these politicians too, please!!!

Terrorist or no Terrorist, hanging is not a event I would like to see being politicized. In the midst of this entire controversy grinding and ...

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