Hitting out at the Opposition parties, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday, said those questioning the timing of execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru were “frustrated.”
“Law and democracy are supreme in India. Law has taken its course. Such comments are made by those who are frustrated,” Jaiswal told PTI when asked about the timing of the execution. “When the due procedure of law was completed, Guru was hanged. There is no place for terrorism in our country,” he added.
Mohammed Afzal Guru, convicted of involvement in the audacious attack on Parliament in 2001, was hanged on Saturday and buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, six days after a mercy plea was rejected by the President.
When asked for comments on sadhus at the ongoing Maha Kumbh in Allahabad rooting for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate, Jaiswal said, “The Maha Kumbh is a religious place and those indulging in politics at a holy place are dirtying it.” He said those disturbing the peace at the Kumbh would be dealt with severely.
On being asked whether general elections would be a Modi versus Rahul affair, Mr. Jaiswal said it was too soon to comment.