Guru's wife slams political parties for using his name
Family of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has slammed the political parties in the Valley for using his name to invoke support in the coming Lok Sabha polls.india Updated: Apr 11, 2014 18:39 IST
Family of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has slammed the political parties in the Valley for using his name to invoke support in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Guru's wife Tabasum asked the parties to restraint from "using his name for getting votes".
"Where were the (political) parties when he was killed? Those who are in the Opposition and those who were ruling, everybody was party to his hanging, so why are they making noises now when the elections are around," she said.
As polling day comes closer in Kashmir Valley, Guru's execution seems to be the new "jingle" for the political parties.
From the Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling alliance of National Conference (NC) - Congress, Guru's hanging has made every party in the Valley term the verdict as "injustice to the Parliament attack accused".
While NC has been referring to the legal trial as "unfair and absolutely unjustified", the PDP has gone to the extent of calling it a "vishwasghat" (betrayal).
Recently, NC patron and coalition candidate from Kashmir Farooq Abdullah exonerated himself and his coalition partner Ghulam Nabi Azad (Udhampur) saying both the union ministers "came to know about the hanging from newspapers".
Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Saifuddin Soz, whose party was in the Centre when the execution was carried out, said, "Guru was not given a fair trial. The same judicial system which reduced the death sentence of Late Rajiv Gandhi's assassins failed to do justice to Mohammad Afzal Guru."
"The government of India has said the state government was informed in 2012 and Farooq was asked about Guru, to which he (Farooq) replied (Guru) should pay the price for attacking India," said Tabasum.
Attacking the Opposition, Tabasum said the PDP did not support the resolution on Afzal Guru. "When he was in jail and we were saying the trail is not fair, where were these politicians? Show me a single instance where they said his trail is unfair and supported us in getting justice," said she.
"I have a teenage son. Every morning he reads the newspaper and keeps wondering what is this politics about," said Tabasum, who has vowed to keep her son Galib away from politics.
Meanwhile, in Guru's hometown Sopore, the mood is no different. Sopore is part of the Baramulla constituency going to polls on May 7. A known separatist stronghold and a bastion of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, the area is likely to go with the separatist boycott call.
"The intelligence inputs also suggest the same. While the outskirts of Sopore and Baramulla will see good voter turnout, Baramulla town and Sopore town will see very little votes being cast," said a source privy to the information.
In this constituency the sitting MP who seeks re-election will not have it easy.
Acknowledging the anger, Shariffudin Shariq, the sitting MP knows it will not be easy to retain his seat. As PDP has fielded one of the strongest candidates Muzaffar Beigh, Shariq told Hindustan Times that "it will be a tough fight".
"No elections are easy. It would be a tough fight but I am hopeful to win," said Shariq.
The youth in the area, however, have different plans for the polling day. "We intend to protest with black flags on the day of voting," said a group of students Hindustan Times spoke to.