BJP Not to Support Resolution on Bhullar Clemency

BJP Not to Support Resolution on Bhullar Clemency
BJP today said that it will not support any resolution in the Punjab Assembly seeking clemency for convicted Khalistan militant Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, asserting the party will not compromise on its policy on terror.

"Our policy on terrorism is very clear. We cannot make any compromise on this. If SAD brings a resolution, our stand will be the same inside (the Assembly) as what we have been saying outside (in the public)," BJP vice-president Shanta Kumar told reporters here.

In the wake of Tamil Nadu Assembly recently passing a resolution to consider the mercy plea of the three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, various Sikh bodies have asked Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to convey a similar message on Bhullar.

Bhullar is on the death row after being convicted for attacking former Youth Congress chief M S Bitta in Delhi in 1993. His mercy plea has been rejected by the President.

Kumar said: "Our stand (on terror) is consistent and there is no change."

He, however, asserted that the BJP's opposition to such a resolution should not be seen as a shadow over the "age-old and rock solid" relations with the SAD.

"It happens within a coalition, parties can differ over an issue, but it will not have any impact on our ties, which are strong as ever," Kumar said.

On 2G scam, the BJP vice president said, "Chidambaram should resign without delay or should be sacked as minister."

"It is a surprise that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Chidambaram over phone expressing full faith in his integrity like he had done in the case of A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi... Both of them were put behind the bars later," he said in the backdrop of a Finance Ministry note to the PMO on the Home Minister's alleged involvement in 2G spectrum scam.

Kumar also attacked the UPA for price rise which he claimed has happened mainly due to fiscal mismanagement and corruption.

"The government is insensitive to the people's sufferings. It appears that it is corruption which is ruling the country and not the government. Even growing crime is off-shoot of the corruption menace, which has surpassed all records during the present UPA regime," he said.

Meanwhile, state BJP President Ashwani Sharma said that party is geared up to face the Assembly polls next year.

He said the party had drawn up several plans starting from the booth level, where achievements of the SAD-BJP regime will be highlighted.
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