Bhullar clemency resolution not in Punjab Assembly
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 21:14
Chandigarh: Punjab government is unlikely to bring a resolution in the state assembly seeking clemency for Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a death row convict in the 1993 Delhi blast, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Thursday.

He said the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal was in favour of conversion of Bhullar's death penalty to life imprisonment but most of the political parties including the Congress were opposed to the idea.

"We (SAD) wanted to bring a resolution (to convert Bhullar's death sentence to life imprisonment) for his benefit, but Congress and other political parties are opposed to it," Parkash Singh Badal, who is also his party's patron, told reporters here.

"By bringing a resolution we wanted to help Bhullar, but now if we bring it with most political parties opposed to it it will be defeated and the step is going to harm Bhullar," he said.

Bhullar is on death row for his role in the 1993 car bomb blast at the Youth Congress headquarters in Delhi in which nine persons had been killed.

On being told that SAD's ally BJP too was opposed to clemency to Bhullar, Badal said, "In an alliance, at times some parties do not support an issue as every party has its own agenda and ideology."

He rejected the proposal to convene an all-party meeting on the issue of Bhullar languishing in Tihar jail for a murderous attack on the then Youth Congress chief M S Bitta in which nine persons lost their lifes.

BJP had always opposed clemency to Bhullar while Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh was in its favour but later he too opposed the suggestion of bringing a resolution in the state assembly on the issue.


First Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 21:14

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