BJP Won't Allow Motion On Afzal Guru In Jammu And Kashmir House

12 March 2015
India Today


Srinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said it will not allow two resolutions - return of mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and release of political prisoners - moved by Independent legislator Engineer Abdul Rashid on Wednesday in the Jammu and Kashmir House for the upcoming Budget session. State BJP chief spokesman Sunil Sethi said: 'BJP through concerted and strong efforts will thwart any attempt made by vested interests to vitiate peace and tranquillity in the state.' He described pressing of the resolution as an attempt to give fresh impetus to militancy that is dying. 'We will never allow this to happen,' he added. Sethi alleged: 'Bringing Guru's mortal remains to the state will be the rallying point for anti-national forces and will be used by militants and separatists to carry forward their nefarious agenda.' He said this is a testing time for alliance partners to 'stand strongly together to defeat forces that are creating an atmosphere for militancy and separatism to rise again'. He said the Opposition should stand for national interest and 'not support any move which may lead to worsening of law and order'. While moving the resolutions, Rashid had said that Congress and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have extended support with legislators of both the parties issuing written statements previously in favour of 'my 2011 resolution'. He said National Conference has also been publicly saying that Guru's mortal remains should be returned to his family. 'I expect all these parties to support my resolution. If they have changed their mind, they should dismiss those legislators which gave written statement for return of the mortal remains of Guru.' Last month when his vote was sought for Ghulam Nabi Azad's candidature for the Rajya Sabha seat, Rashid had sought an apology from Congress MLAs for Guru's hanging. Subsequently five Congress MLAs issued a statement, saying his mortal remains should be returned to his family. Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 after being convicted in the 2003 Parliament attack case. Rashid had brought clemency resolution for Guru in 2011. However, BJP and Congress created ruckus the day the resolution had to come up for debate and forced the Speaker to adjourn the House.