NEW DELHI: The BJP’s success in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections has put immense pressure on the UPA Government to punish the guilty of the December 13, 2001 attack on Parliament. A powerful group within the Manmohan Singh government and the Congress insists that South Block has run out of options and argues that the Home and Law ministries studying the clemency petitions lodged with the President cannot delay the inevitable.
That means the delay in hanging Afzal Guru, who has been given death for his role in the attack, is now becoming a political liability for the Government. Its embarrassment became severe when Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi used the “terrorism” card while campaigning in the elections. “What should the Gujarat police do with a man who has terror links with Pakistan? Should they take Sonia Gandhi’s permission? Whoever threatens Gujarat will be dealt with,” Modi had said.
The Congress’ future challenges group is troubled by this Opposition emphasis on terrorism. The Government has told the party leadership that the Home and Law ministries have found no way of saving Afzal. Legally, speaking, Afzal’s is a lost cause.-SANA