Congress finds weapon to blunt Opposition
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The Congress looks set to build on the execution of Ajmal Kasab to counter the BJP charge that the UPA regime is soft on terror. In a bid to blunt the Opposition attack, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh demanded an expeditious decision on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
"Finally Kasab hanged. The government should pursue the case of the handlers in Pakistan. Afzal Guru's case should also be expedited now," Digvijaya Singh stated Twitter. His tweet came shortly after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted, "What about Afzal Guru who attacked Parliament, our temple of democracy, in 2001? That offence predates Kasab's heinous act by many years."
Singh's statement on Guru indicated a subtle shift in the Congress strategy ahead of the Gujarat elections and the general election in 2014. Singh, part of the election coordination committee, had earlier led his party's pro-active outreach to minorities with his controversial statements on the Batla House encounter and the arrest of terror accused from Azamgarh. Recently, at the Samvad Baithak in Surajkund, he expressed concern about the rise of green terror involving Muslim outfits. But he later clarified he attached no colour to terror.
On Wednesday he followed his first tweet with two more: "LohPurush Advani sent terrorists 2 Kandahar as if they were state guests! Whereas Kasab-r biggest enemy-hanged by this govt... Will Modi and BJP tell us why NDA govt didn't carry out death sentence to Rajiv Gandhi's killers, who were sentenced in 1998."
Modi had made an issue out of the afzal Guru case in 2007. "Kasab's hanging shows that the UPA does not hesitate to take the strictest action against those who launch terror attacks in India. Whatever allegations the BJP and Modi have been leveling about the UPA being soft on terror have been proved wrong. Modi is left with no issue now," Union minister Bharatsinh Solanki, who had led the Congress as PCC chief in the Gujarat 2007 elections, told The Indian Express.