Afzal must get same treatment as Rajiv's assassins: Paswan

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New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) Lok Janshakti president Ram Vilas Paswan today said Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru should get the same treatment as former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assasin Murugan.

Reacting to Congress spokesman Digvijay Singh's statement that Mohammad Afzal should be hanged, Mr Paswan said that Afzal should get the same treatment as other convicts awaiting capital punishment.

''Why are we picking and choosing? Afzal's fate should be left to the President, as she alone can decide on the issue. The President can be requested to take expeditious decision on all the cases of capital punishment seeking clemency,'' he said when asked about the LJP's stand over Afzal's case.

Earlier, the BJP has been criticising the UPA government for being soft on terror and not complying with the Supreme Court decision giving capital punishment to the Parliament attack accused.

With polls approaching, the Congress seems to be shifting its stand on Afzal Guru with Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh saying he should be hanged. "Congress has no sympathies whatsoever for terrorists. Afzal should be hanged. There is no doubt about it," Digvijay said.

Regarding RJD president Lalu Prasad's offer of the resignation of all his party MPs and MLAs, Mr Paswan said he had said it earlier all the MPs and MLAs of Bihar should resign be it from RJD or JD(U) and he would also resign to protest against MNS attack on North Indians in Mumbai.

The resignation offer as in the case of JD(U) should not be confined to only Lok Sabha members but also include Rajya Sabha MPs and MLAs, including Chief Minister, then LJP would also join. Only Lok Sabha MPs resigning just two months before the Parliamentary polls would make this only a ''sacrifice drama'' to people of Bihar, he pointed out.

Mr Paswan also condemned the ransacking of Maharashtra Sadan here. He also released a list of 18 and 27 LJP candidates for Chhattisgarh Assembly polls in two phases on November 14 and 20.


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