New Delhi, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Questioning the BJP's silence on the issue of execution of killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress today alleged that BJP's fight was not against terrorism but for garnering votes. Talking to reporters here, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Kapil Sibal questioned the silence of the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate on the issue of the execution of killers of former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

"Has the BJP ever raised the issue of the execution of Rajiv Gandhi's killers. They have been silent on this issue for 20 years. They have been raising the issue of execution of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru day in and day out in Parliament and outside. We have not heard about any leader of the BJP talking about the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi to be executed.

Their fight is not against terrorism but to garner votes. Why has Modi not said even once in last 15 years that the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi should be hanged," Mr Sibal said.

Mr Sibal's remarks came even as Supreme Court today referred the matter on remission of life imprisonment of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to a Constitution Bench saying its interim order staying Tamil Nadu government's decision to free them will continue.

The court had on February 20 stayed the decision to release of three convicts -- Murugan, Santhan and Arivu -- whose death sentence was commuted to life term by it on February 18 in the case, saying there had been procedural lapses on the part of the state government on the decision to release them.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)