JD (U) differs with ally BJP on Omar`s Afzal tweet

JD(U)asked why the BJP had not raised eyebrows when the matter relating to Rajiv Gandhi`s killers had come up.

New Delhi: JD(U) on Thursday took a dig at its
NDA ally BJP for raising objections over Omar Abdullah`s
remarks on the issue of execution of Afzal Guru, asking why it
had not raised eyebrows when the matter relating to Rajiv
Gandhi`s killers had come up.

"What Omar Abdullah is saying is correct. What is wrong
in saying that there would have been an uproar if resolution
had been passed on amnesty to Afzal Guru by the Jammu and
Kashmir Assembly?" JD (U) spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari said.

Abdullah had tweeted that if J&K Assembly had passed a
resolution against the death sentence given to Guru as was
done by the Tamil Nadu Assembly for the killers of Rajiv
Gandhi, the reaction would not have been as muted as it is

BJP had termed Abdullah`s comments on Twitter as
"unfortunate" and said a Hurriyat leader making such
statements is understandable but not from a responsible chief
minister. The party also said that those who have been given a
death sentence by the highest court and whose clemency
petition has been rejected by the President should be hanged.

Tiwari`s comments would come as an embarrassment to BJP
as the two are long-term allies.

"If BJP had any objection they should have raised this
issue earlier when the Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed the
resolution on amnesty to Rajiv Gandhi`s killers. Or when the
Shiromani Akali Dal (another NDA ally) was opposing the death
sentence to Devinder Singh Bhullar," Tiwari said.

The JD(U) spokesperson said BJP`s statement shows bias.

Bhullar`s amnesty was also rejected by the President. He
is on death row for plotting the attempt on the life of Punjab
SSP Sumedh Singh Saini in 1991 and then Youth Congress worker
MS Bitta in 1993. Several people were killed in the two


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