Gadkari refuses to apologise over Afzal Guru 'son-in-law' remark

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Dehradun/New Delhi, July 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari said Friday that he would not apologize for his remark that Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru was a "son-in-law" of the Congress party.

"I have said nothing wrong. I am sticking to my stand and so there is no need (to apologize)," Gadkari said when asked by a reporter here that the Congress had sought an apology for his comment.

He alleged that the government was sitting on the file relating to execution of Guru for the last four years.

"I have not made a wrong statement. They (Congress) should rather give a reply as to why they are not executing the orders of the Supreme Court," he said.

During the course of addressing a rally, Gadkari had asked on Thursday, "Is Afzal Guru a son-in-law of the Congress and why is he being given special treatment?"

The Congress said Gadkari had lost his mind and that he needed serious help.

"The remark smacks of obscenity, obnoxiousness and obtuseness," Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said in New Delhi.

Tiwari further said, "It is very obvious that the esteemed president of the BJP has lost it completely. The BJP should take pity on him and deposit him into a psychiatric facility. The man needs serious help." (ANI)

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