Gadkari`s comments on Afzal Guru create political furore

Even as Gadkari refused to backtrack from his statement, he invited ire of almost all pol parties.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Even as BJP President Nitin Gadkari refused to backtrack from his statement on Afzal Guru, calling him the son-in-law of Congress, almost all the political parties criticised him for his `obtuseness`, asking BJP to rein in its President.

The Congress hit out at him on Friday, saying he should go to a psychiatric facility for the "obnoxious" remark that the ruling party was treating parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as its "son-in-law".

"Obscenity, obnoxiousness, obtuseness should not be dignified by a response. It is very obvious that the esteemed president of the BJP has lost it completely. The BJP should take pity and deposit him in a psychiatric facility," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said here.

Addressing a rally in Dehradun Thursday, Gadkari had attacked the Congress over the delay in executing the death sentence of Afzal Guru.

"I want to ask Congress leaders is Afzal Guru your son-in-law...Why is he being given special treatment?" he had said. The BJP president said the Congress was a "party of people without guts" which could not fight terrorism.

Afzal Guru was awarded the death sentence for his role in the Dec 13, 2001 attack on parliament by a trial court in 2002. But he is yet to be hanged.

SP asks BJP, RSS to rein in Gadkari

Criticising Nitin Gadkari`s
remarks on the Afzal Guru issue, the Samajwadi Party today
said the BJP and the RSS should ask him to desist from making
such statements.

"The SP criticises such a statement coming from the
president of a party which claims to be an alternative force,"
party national spokesperson Mohan Singh said.

He said such statements from a politician do not look
good. "We request the BJP and the RSS to ask Gadkari not to
make such remarks," he said.

Decency should be maintained: JDU

chief Sharad Yadav today
disapproved of BJP President Nitin Gadkari`s remark describing
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as "son-in-law" of
Congress and advised the leader of party ally to maintain

"I do not know what he (Gadkari) has said. But within
the limits of decency, many things can be said," Yadav told
reporters here when asked to comment on Gadkari`s remark last
night in Dehradun.

Gadkari suffering from foot-in-mouth disease: Ajay

Senior Congress MLA Ajay Singh
today said that the BJP President Nitin Gadkari is suffering
from foot-in-mouth disease following his remarks on Afzal

"Before asking if Afzal Guru was a son in-law for the
Congress, Gadkari should remember that Ram Jethmalani was
the convicted terrorist`s lawyer," Ajay told PTI.

He said that this was not the first time that Gadkari
has made a statement which does not behoove the President of
any national party.

The Congress MLA said that if Gadkari goes on making
statements like this, "it would not augur well both for him
and the BJP."

Ajay said Gadkari had made a statement in Chandigarh
against Lalu Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav and later he had
retracted it.

"Gadkari is a small-time politician who has been
thrust into the national limelight but it is obvious that he
still has to learn what to say and when," he said.

BJP supports Gadkari`s remarks; demands apology from Cong

Defending its President Nitin
Gadkari`s remarks over the delay in hanging Parliament attack
convict Afzal Guru, the BJP today said it was "constructive
criticism" and demanded an apology from the Congress for using
"uncivilised" language against its leader.

"The remarks of Congress spokesperson (Manish Tiwari)
against Nitin Gadkari were utterly uncivilised, utterly
irresponsible and lacked political courtesy," BJP chief
spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.

Reacting to Gadkari`s remarks asking the Congress
whether Guru was its son-in-law, the ruling party had said
that the BJP chief should be referred to a "psychiatric

"We want to know from the Congress President whether
it is the view of the Congress party and whether it is the
language of the party. We demand an apology from the Congress
for such remarks against leader of an opposition party,"
Prasad said.

Prasad also pointed to the recent statement of Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that it was a former Home
Minister who had asked to delay the decision on Guru`s mercy

Prasad said Gadkari`s remarks should be seen as
"constructive criticism" of the government`s stand on Guru.

"He was summing up the feelings of the kin of those in
Parliament fact Guru had gone on record to say
that the plan was to eliminate the entire political leadership
of the country," the BJP spokesperson said when asked whether
the party chief should be "more careful" in making statements.

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