SP supports Congress on Afzal's hanging

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New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) A day after Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru should be hanged, the Samajwadi Party today backed the sentiment, saying the law of the land should be respected.

Addressing the media, SP general secretary Amar Singh said his party opposed any type of extremism, whether by minority or majority community, and the same holds true in the case of Afzal Guru in whose case also the nation's law should be respected.

''But why Afzal was not being hanged is totally up to the government,'' he said when asked whether he was for or against hanging of the 2001 terror convict, especially when the matter had once again been brought into focus after Mr Digvijay Singh yesterday called for Afzal's hanging.

On seat sharing with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Amar Singh said his party was ready for anything except merging with the Congress.

''We want to fight unitedly and we are ready to support them to the extreme but will not go for merger with the Congress,'' he said, adding that ''We are still ready for talks on the issue''.

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