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Sibal attacks BJP, says it’s politicising Afzal issue

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 00:20 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times
Sibal attacks BJP

The Congress on Monday charged the BJP with politicising the issue of hanging Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru just before the elections by directing it at a particular community.

The two parties have been trading charges on this for a long time but with elections round the corner, the arguements have intensified.

“Why hang Afzal Guru first? Why not other terrorists who were awarded capital punishment much before Guru? Why is the BJP silent on them?” asked Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal.

He said many terrorists figure in the list of 20 convicts who are awaiting execution and who were sentenced before Guru.

“The BJP is playing politics on capital punishment,” Sibal said.

On its part, the BJP has charged the Congress with being “soft” on a “known terrorist” and promised to execute the Supreme Court’s order awarding capital punishment to Guru within 100 days if it comes to power.

Asked about Guru’s fate if the Congress-led coalition returned to power, Sibal quipped: “Whatever the law requires to be done will be done”.

‘Advani is weak-kneed’

He trained his guns on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L.K. Advani and ridiculed the party’s catchline “strong and decisive” government.

“Advani is weak-kneed. He takes orders from the RSS. A strong Prime Minister can hardly afford to take his orders from the RSS headquarters,” he said, adding there was a huge gap between what the BJP promised and what it delivered when in power.

Sibal said Advani comparing Varun Gandhi with socialist leader Jai Prakash Narayan “shows his decisiveness and leadership qualities”.

On the BJP’s promise to combat corruption head on, he said the “strong leader” should have launched a people’s movement against corruption instead of various ‘Rath Yatras’.