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J&K house to take up Guru resolution

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly will take up a resolution seeking amnesty for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on September 28. HT reports.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2011 10:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly will take up a resolution seeking amnesty for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on September 28.

The speaker of state assembly had admitted the resolution in the first week of this month. The resolution was one of the seven Bills that would be come up for discussion in the assembly which will meet from September 26 for a week long session.

The resolution was selected through balloting as per rules. The assembly had taken 22 resolutions for balloting and seven were selected for discussion in the coming session.

Of the 39 resolutions received, the speaker had admitted 35 including that of independent MLA Abdul Rasheed seeking amnesty for Afzal Guru. Since 22 members had moved resolution only 22 were taken up for balloting.

A few days before the balloting, Rashid had alleged that the move was to ensure that the resolution regarding amnesty to Guru be sabotaged and not taken up for discussion in the House.

Rashid, who won the 2008 legislative assembly polls from north Kashmir's Langate constituency, said, "If Parliament can bring a resolution on the demands of Anna Hazare and Tamil Nadu can do it for the killers of Rajiv Gandhi, why can’t we do it for Afzal Guru. The pain of the families of Rajiv's Gandhi's killers is the same as that of the Guru family," he added.

Rashid has sought support of all the political parties including BJP on the issue.

"Every party should support the resolution. This includes BJP, if they can support the resolution in Tamil Nadu they is a need for adopting the same yardstick on the resolution regarding Guru?" he added.

Following the resolution of clemency for Rajiv Gandhi's killer in Tamil Nadu, chief minister Omar Abdullah in a tweet on the micro blogging site had also supported a clemency plea for Guru.

Abdullah had asked "whether a resolution in the state assembly on Afzal Guru, on the lines of the one passed by Tamil Nadu assembly seeking clemency for three convicts in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, would have attracted a similar muted response".

The Bharatiya Janata Party criticised Abdullah, saying he was trying to appease separatists through his comment.

After Abdullah's tweet it will be interesting to see the reaction of the ruling National Conference (NC) once the resolution comes up for vote.

Experts however believe it would be very difficult for the NC, which has 28 members in the 87-member assembly, to stay away from voting on the controversial subject as many NC leaders have said that if Afzal Guru is hanged, it would adversely impact the fragile peace prevailing in the Valley.

PDP on the other hand have already committed to support the resolution saying hanging Guru would bring Kashmir to a boil.

First Published: Sep 17, 2011 16:13 IST