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BJP to launch campaign for Afzal?s death

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 20:54 IST
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FORMER DEPUTY Prime Minister LK Advani on Thursday said the BJP would launch a nation-wide campaign to mobilise public opinion for execution of Supreme Court’s death sentence to Mohammed Afzal in the Parliament blast case.

The party will also appeal to President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to reject clemency appeals being made by some people on behalf of the sentenced terrorist,” Advani told media persons in State capital and Indore on his brief visit to the State.

Flaying pro-clemency lobby in the Afzal case, the BJP leader wondered aloud if the attack on Parliament and involvement in conspiracy behind the attack were not a rarest of rare incident then what else could be rarest of rare incident?  

Talking to media persons, he said the BJP policy on terrorism had always been tough and consistent. “We should have zero tolerance towards terrorism,” he maintained. The way the Congress spokespersons have maintained silence on the issue speaks volumes about the party’s attitude towards terrorism, he remarked. 

Had BJP not been there, all would have unanimously supported mercy for him, Advani said. The UPA Government at the Centre has failed to maintain internal security, he alleged.   

He said when he and Rajnath Singh took out Bharat Suraksha Yatra questions were raised on rationale behind the yatras though our common objective was to create an awareness among people  on internal security.  He said the Prime Minister ‘s statement after Mumbai blasts that there was no meaning of dialogue between India and Pakistan under such circumstances was a welcome step, but later his statement abroad that Pakistan too was a victim of terrorism stunned people.

Advani said the PM’s statement drew flak from defence experts and senior officials. They dubbed the statement as uncalled for. This amply showed how the Centre was going ahead with ambiguous policy on terrorism.  He said the PM should make clear his views on reports of link between Mumbai bomb blasts and recovery of huge explosives from Malegaon, and Pakistan.

Talking to reporters in Indore, Advani asked the Prime Minister to make public the proposals India submitted to Pakistan on Kashmir resolution. 

“The country will not allow what is going on behind the screen on the issue. As an MP, I warn the Union Government against any secrecy on non-papers,” he said. “That’s ridiculous. Its just like suggesting Bush (US President) to join hands with Laden to fight terrorism,” Advani remarked and demanded to know what made Pakistan say that Kashmir settlement was within the reach. 

On candidates for Vidisha and Bada Malehra by-polls in the state he said the party’s Central Election Committee would take decision on candidates.