BJP demands clear stand from Centre on execution

New Delhi, Sept 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
The BJP on Friday demanded the Centre come out with a clear stand on Afzals execution in light of J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azads move to seek the Centres intervention for leniancy in the case.

Accusing the Manmohan Singh government of being soft on terorrism, the main Opposition contended that a mature response was expected of the Centre in the case, and not one inspired by political considerations. The BJP has already come out with a scathing attack on the Prime Minister for pushing ahead with a joint mechanism against terror with Pakistan.

Terrorism means senseless killing of innocent people and an attack on Indian Parliament is an attack on India itself. You certainly expect a mature response in such cases and not the one inspired by petty political considerations, BJP leader Ravi Shanker Prasad said.

Demanding the government to spell out its stand on the issue, Prasad said, The apex court has awarded this punishment to him after a three-tier judicial scrutiny. The exercise of power of pardon lies with the government. We would like to know what the government has to say about it.