Afzal death sentence being delayed due to votebank politics: BJP

via PTI published on November 12, 2006

Tikamgarh: Accusing the Centre of “denting the country’s self-respect by resuming dialogue with Pakistan”, after Mumbai blasts, BJP today alleged that the execution of Mohd Afzal Guru, sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case, was being delayed due to vote bank politics.

“The delay in carrying out Afzal’s death sentence is a result of vote-bank politics,” party President Rajnath Singh told a farmers’ meet at Khargapur near here.

He asked people to write to the President and Prime Minister to seek “immediate execution” of the Supreme Court order on Afzal.

“UPA has dented country’s self-respect by resuming dialogue with (Pakistan President Pervez) Musharraf in Havana and even proposing to form a joint anti-terror mechanism,” Singh said.

“After the Mumbai train blasts and evidence linking it with Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI, India had announced to refrain from talks till the neighbouring country took initiatives to curb cross-border terrorism,” he said.

He accused the Centre of practicing politics of appeasement in repealing POTA, which had proved “effective” in curbing terrorism.

The BJP President also alleged that inflation has soared in last two years due to wrong policies of the UPA.

Lauding works of the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh, he said, “Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will continue to hold the post, if the BJP comes to power after next Assembly elections.”

Among the three BJP Chief Ministers the state saw during nearly three years of party rule, fastest pace of development was recorded during Chouhan’s tenure, he claimed.

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