The BJP has said that it will not support any resolution in the Punjab assembly brought out by its ruling ally seeking clemency for Khalistan militant on death row, Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar.
“Our policy on terrorism is very clear. We cannot make any compromise on this,” BJP vice-president and Punjab-in-charge Shanta Kumar said on Friday.
“If Sad brings a resolution, our stand will be the same inside (the assembly) as what we have been saying outside (in the public).” Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sad) would bring a resolution in support of Bhullar in the state assembly.
The state Vidhan Sabha is scheduled to meet from October 3 to 5.
“We have been meeting the chief minister very often, but he never discussed the issue with us,” the BJP leader said. “We will stick to our stand and oppose the resolution in the assembly."
He added, “Sad is our alliance partner in running the government but we have a separate agenda to run the party, and we can’t deviate from that.”
Bhullar was sentenced to death by a trial court in 2001 for carrying out a bomb blast outside the Youth Congress headquarters in New Delhi in 1993 in which nine people were killed.
His mercy plea has been rejected by the President.
BJP, Sad to swap seats
The Sad and BJP will swap some of the assembly constituencies they are contesting in 2012 polls.
“There are some constituencies where the BJP is strong but Sad was fielding candidates and vice versa, so we have decided to inter-change those constituencies,” said Shanta Kumar, adding that the BJP would contest in 23 seats as it did in the 2007 elections.