BJP not to support clemency for Bhullar : Kamal Sharma

 Chandigarh - 16 April 2013.

Even as Shiromani Akali Dal patron and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal have urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant clemency to Khalistan terrorist Davinderpal Singh Bhullar, alliance partner BJP has reiterated that Supreme Court order should be respected and the party will not support any clemency call for Bhullar.

Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said, "SAD and BJP are two different parties. We share common viewpoints on a number of issues. But over certain issues, they (SAD) have their own view and we have our own. We should respect each other's view.”

He said terrorism has no caste or religion, anyone who wages war against unity and integrity of India should be brought to book, the verdict on Bhullar should be respected….BJP will not support any mercy petition for Bhullar.When the Apex Court rejected Bhullar’s mercy petition on March 12, while SAD termed it as unfortunate and said it would appeal to the President to seek clemency for Bhullar, BJP said it respected the verdict of the apex court and there should not be any exceptions.

Reacting to the verdict, senior Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra decried the rejection of Bhullar's petition. “It is an unfortunate judgment. We were hoping that the court would keep in mind the situation in Punjab at that time. We will appeal to the president to review the decision. We will also appeal to the prime minister to intervene," he said.Bharatiya Janata Party on the other hand said the Supreme Court verdict should be respected.BJP leader Balbir Punj said: "Whatsoever punishment awarded by the apex court should be implemented. There cannot be any exceptions".

"And those who dared to challenge the authority of the state and those who wage war against the state and conspire to destabilise the country should be ready to face consequences," said Punj.Bhullar was awarded capital punishment for the 1993 blast at the Youth Congress office in Delhi in which nine people were killed and 30 injured. The attack was targeted against then Indian Youth Congress president M.S. Bitta who escaped it with shrapnel wounds on his chest.

Bhullar had filed a mercy petition on Jan 14, 2003, which was rejected by the president May 25, 2011.