Demand that Afzal Guru be hanged

The Bharatiya Janata Party members were on Thursday expelled from the Delhi Assembly for two days for disrupting the House proceedings, as their repeated demand for paying homage to the civilians and police personnel who lost lives in the Parliament attack was not acceded to.

As soon as the House assembled, Leader of Opposition V. K. Malhotra demanded that homage be paid to Parliament attack victims. Simultaneously, the other party members began demanding that the attack case accused, Afzal Guru, who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2005, be hanged.

As the sloganeering continued, Speaker Yoganand Shastri adjourned the House first for 20 minutes and then for 25 minutes. Thereafter he allowed Prof. Malhotra to say his part. At this the senior BJP leader said: “We want the Chief Minister to state that she would recommend Afzal’s hanging.”

At this Dr. Shastri said he had a question to pose to Prof. Malhotra. “Did you ever go to the families of any of the attack victims?”

Prof. Malhotra replied that he had not only visited the families but was also with them when they had returned the medals of those police personnel who were killed.

Former Minister Jagdish Mukhi said it was essential to pay homage to the victims as “they had laid down their life to protect the temple of democracy”.

With the permission not being given, the BJP members continued with their protest. At this Legislative Affairs Minister Ramakant Goswami rose to move a resolution to name them under Rule 277. The Speaker gave a warning to the BJP members to refrain from disrupting the proceedings and thereafter allowed the resolution to be put to vote, upon which the BJP members were marshalled out of the House.

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