Mumbai: President Pranab Mukherjee should "summarily dismiss" Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab's mercy petition, Shiv Sena said on Tuesday.

"Kasab's mercy plea should be rejected within 24 hours," Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said.

Kasab on Tuesday moved the plea, over a fortnight after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in the 26/11 case.

Asked if Sena was expecting that the President should dismiss Kasab's plea because the party had backed him in the Presidential poll, Gorhe said, "It is nothing of this kind."

On August 29, the Supreme Court had confirmed the death penalty awarded to the LeT operative by the trial court and later upheld by the Bombay High Court. It had dismissed the 25-year-old's plea challenging his conviction and death sentence in the 26/11 case.

Meanwhile, Sena chief Bal Thackeray, in a statement ahead of the Ganesh festival beginning on Wednesday, appealed to the Hindu god of wisdom to "remove the danger to the country in the form of Congress."

"Ganesha should remove the danger of Congress and liberate people," Thackeray was quoted as saying in a statement here.

(Agencies)

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