New Delhi: After President Pratibha Patil turned down the mercy petition of two convicts on death row, the Opposition BJP has raised the pressure on the Central government for hanging Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

Raising the pitch to reject the mercy petition of Afzal, BJP General Secretary and chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Which law authorises the Government of India that consideration of mercy petitions would only be in sequence. Cases of serious crime are fast tracked.”

Slamming the government over delaying the Afzal issue, Prasad said, “The pleas of Bhullar and Das have not been dealt with by sequence and this is one more reason why Guru's hanging should not be delayed.”

He alleged the delay in taking the decision on Afzal Guru is purely 'a vote bank politics'.

“The Supreme Court in 2005 had rejected his appeal. It has been six years since then. The review petition was rejected on May 14, 2008,” he maintained.

Terming the case of Ajmal Kasab as more shameful, Prasad said, “The recent dispute between the Maharashtra government and the Centre over a Rs 11 crore bill submitted by the central force for guarding 26/11 Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab has come into the limelight.”

The BJP has also outrightly rejected a draft Communal Violence Bill which allegedly holds majority community responsible for communal riots.

The party alleged that the members of the drafting committee of this important Bill were NAC members "who are accountable to Sonia Gandhi".

Claiming the draft bill to be against majority, Prasad also posed a few questions to Sonia Gandhi- “Can the majority community in India become victims of communal violence or not?"

Prasad also criticised the clause in the Bill which says "destroying secular fabric" of India would lead to punishment.

"The definition of secularism in India is varied. Does the deliberate delay in hanging of Afzal Guru amount to destroying the secular fabric of India or not?" he asked.

Prasad also asked Gandhi whether Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh going to Azamgarh or Uttar Pradesh to meet family members of those who were involved in the Batla House encounter is not a breach of secularism.

The BJP also opposed Rahul Gandhi comparing RSS with SIMI.


JPN/Bureau