Srinagar: The state unit of Congress in Jammu & Kashmir is finding itself in a catch-22 situation over the proposal to hold debate in the state Assembly on the resolution seeking clemency for Afzal Guru - convicted with death penalty in the Parliament attack case.

Several Congress members are of the view that since their ally National Conference (NC) and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdulla are responsible for raking up the issue, therefore, the party is considering the option of being absent during the discussion in the Assembly.

Speaking on the issue, a senior Congress leader said that a meeting of party legislators was held on Wednesday to discuss whether to support the resolution, but nothing could be decided.

However, some Congress members support Afzal out of the fear that denying clemency to him would worsen the situation in Kashmir, the leader said.

Puzzled over the situation, the senior Congress leader said, “If Omar Abdulla would not have twitted on the proposal related to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins, this clemency proposal for Afzal would not have risen. He has raised the matter with a purpose.”

It is worth mentioning that the move to pass a resolution on Afzal clemency in J&K Assembly began after Omar's tweet on August 31 which said, "If J&K Assembly had passed a resolution similar to the Tamil Nadu one for Afzal Guru, would the reaction have been as muted? I think not."

Following this comment, Rashid Ali submitted a resolution and the Speaker, Mohammad Akbar Lone listed the resolution for a debate on September 28.

(JPN/Bureau)