Chandigarh: Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil
Wednesday refused to respond to indication by Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit that he as Union Home Minister wanted the Delhi
government to delay clearance of the mercy petition file of
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
When asked to respond to Dikshit`s hint, Patil said he
did not want to enter into any verbal duel with the Delhi
"I am here to speak on some other subject. I do not want
to get into any verbal duel (tu tu mei mei)," Patil said here
on the sidelines of a function.
On Sunday, when asked by a TV channel whether Patil had
asked her to sit over the file, Dikshit had said "may be what
you are thinking is true."
The mercy petition file of Afzal Guru was sent to the
Home Ministry by Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna last week
after receiving it from Delhi government on May 18.
The city government, whose opinion was sought by the Home
Ministry, had been dilly-dallying on the matter for nearly
four years and the capital punishment given to Pakistani
terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab in the Mumbai terror attacks case
brought the issue under fresh focus.
It was after the 16th reminder from the Union Home
Ministry seeking its opinion that the city government sent the
file to LG`s office for him to take a call in the matter.