BJP wants Guru hanged next
New Delhi, Nov 21: Calling Ajmal Kasab's execution a case of “better late than never”, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday demanded that Afzal Guru, convicted in the December 2001 parliament attack case, be hanged next.
“It took us four years to finally hang him. Better late than never,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told mediapersons after Kasab was executed in Pune's Yerawada jail. Asking the government to expedite the whole process of mercy petitions, Prasad also demanded action against Afzal Guru, the alleged mastermind of the Parliament attack.
"The Supreme Court has rejected his (Afzal Guru's) plea, and his review petition has also been rejected. But why has the government not taken any action? I hope the government will now expedite the whole process of mercy petition," Prasad said.
Similar views were expressed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
"What about Afzal Guru, who attacked parliament, our temple of democracy, in 2001? That offence predates Kasab's heinous act by many years," Modi said, on micro blogging website Twitter.
In rare consonance, Digvijaya Singh tweeted: "Finally Kasab hanged. GoI (government of India) should pursue the case of the Handlers in Pakistan. Afzal Guru's case should also be expedited now."
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