The BJP chose to remain silent on the issue of Saddam’s execution just as it had done at the time when an Iraqi court sentenced him to death.
The party leadership is said to have decided on this course as they felt opposing Hussein's execution would go against the hardcore Hindutva line that the BJP has chosen to follow ever since Rajnath Singh took over as president.
On the other hand, expressing support for his hanging could be interpreted as being supportive of the United States at a time when the party is opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal, sources said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan too condemned the execution while recalling that Saddam had always been a friend of India and helped it out in difficult times. He had always supported India on Kashmir and also helped it over the oil crisis, the leader said.