Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in power, he was doubtful whether convicted Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab will ever get the noose at all.
Speaking to reporters here, Gadkari said: "I am not sure. Afzal Guru (convicted for the December 2001 attack on parliament) was sentenced to death and he is still there, and so are many others." Gadkari was asked if Kasab's death sentence given by a Mumbai court Thursday would be taken to its logical conclusion.
"Unfortunately by appeasing terrorists, the Congress and the UPA feels this is secularism," Gadkari said.
"Linking terrorism to vote bank politics is not right. Criminals are criminals. Terrorists are terrorists."
Kasab was given the death penalty on four counts, including murder and waging war against India, by a special court for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack that left 166 people, including many foreigners, dead.