AAP, Congress ask PDP, BJP to clear stand on Guru


New Delhi—Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas asked Mehbooba Mufti, set to head the new PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, to clear her stand on Afzal Guru whose hanging for his alleged role in the 2001 parliament attack she has said was wrong. Vishwas in a letter to Mehbooba also asked the would-be JK chief minister to facilitate the arrest of Kashmiri youth who had allegedly raised anti-India slogans in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on February 9.
“We have come to know that you are going to form a coalition government with the BJP. But your stand on certain issues like holding parliament attack accused Afzal Guru a martyr cannot be agreed with. Now, we have come to know that you have changed your old stand on Afzal,” Vishwas wrote.
“Congratulations in anticipation for your government formation. You should voluntarily give a statement in the media that you hold Afzal Guru as a traitor and not as a martyr,” Vishwas said.
The letter begins with “Vande Mataram” and ends with “Jai Hind” and “Bharat Mata ki Jay” — slogans that have rekindled the nationalism and patriotism debate in India.
“Now that you believe Kashmir to be an integral part of India, you would facilitate the arrest of the Kashmiri youth who raised slogans against mother India in JNU,” the AAP leader wrote.
Vishwas’s letter was retweeted by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Congress also has a poser for the new government that is set to assume office in Jammu and Kashmir: “What will be its stance on parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as the BJP’s senior alliance partner PDP believes that hanging the Kashmiri militant was a miscarriage of justice.”
“J&K deserves an elected government and we welcome celebration of democracy. But will (the) BJP tell what is the stance of PDP-BJP on Afzal Guru now,” Congress spokesman RandeepSurjewala asked in a tweet.
In another post on the micro-blogging site, he asked: “As PDP-BJP eulogizes Afzal Guru and many others, whom will Amit Shah and BJP brand as anti-national now? Or anything for power?”
The PDP and BJP are set to form a new government in Jammu and Kashmir headed by Mehbooba Mufti who has condemned the execution of Guru, hanged in 2013 for his alleged role in the December 13, 2001 attack on Indian parliament.
The BJP-led central government has come under flak over the arrest of at least three JNU students who organized an event in the university campus on February 9 to commemorate the death anniversary of Guru.
The students were charged with sedition for raising anti-national slogans and hailing Guru as a hero for being wrongly convicted in the parliament attack case.—GK

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