BJP demands explanation from PM, Sonia on Afzal Guru case
BJP on Sunday demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and NAC chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the delay in hanging Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
New Delhi: BJP on Sunday demanded an explanation
from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and NAC chairperson Sonia
Gandhi on the delay in hanging Parliament attack convict Afzal
Guru after reports claimed that a senior minister asked the
Delhi government to keep the matter pending.
"The Prime Minister owes an explanation to the nation...
Sonia Gandhi, as chairperson of National Advisory Council,
holds a position of responsibility. Why was a minister allowed
to play with an issue of national security," BJP spokesman
Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.
He alleged that "vote bank considerations" forced the
Congress party, which has been power both at the Centre and in
Delhi, to keep the matter pending.
"Vote bank considerations is the prime reason for lack of
any stern action in the Afzal Guru case," Prasad said adding,
BJP would take the matter to the "people of the country."
He said the Central government had "misled" the
Parliament on the issue by contending that Guru`s case was in
Accusing the government of committing a "patent case of
fraud on the Constitution", Prasad said there was no legal
basis for the argument of a queue of death row convicts as
matters could have been expedited in cases as serious as an
attack on Indian Parliament.
"The government wilfully, deliberately and in a planned
manner misled Parliament by putting forth the concept of a
queue," he said.
Home Minister P Chidambaram had contended that Guru`s
mercy petition was the 22nd among 28 pending with the
government. The government would take up the petitions in the
order in which they came up and recommend whether they should
be accepted or rejected and inform the President accordingly,
he had said.
Asked if former Home Minister Shivraj Patil had asked her
to keep a decision on Guru file pending even if the Ministry
sends frequent reminders, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
had said in a television interview, "May be what you are
thinking is true."
"It is a patent dereliction of duty and a clear fraud on
the Constitution ... the Home Minister who is supposed to
expedite (such matters) is asking the Chief Minister to delay
the file," Prasad said.
"BJP condemns this patent case of fraud on the
Constitution by a senior minister whose pressure has been
confirmed by the Chief Minister of Delhi," he said.