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Friday, July 9, 2010

Gadkari refuses to apologise for remark against Cong on Guru

Dehradun: Under attack from the Congress, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari today said he will not apologise for his remark that
Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru was a 'son-in-law' of that party.

'I have said nothing wrong. I am sticking to my stand and so there is no need (to apologise),' Gadkari said when asked by a reporter here that the Congress had sought an apology for his comment.

He alleged that the government was sitting on the file relating to execution of Guru for the last four years. Chief Minister Sheila
Dixit, he said, had stated it was done on the instructions from then Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil. Now the decision is pending with the President, he said.

'I have not made a wrong statement. They (Congress) should rather give a reply as to why they are not executing the orders of
the Supreme Court,' he said.

The BJP President had yesterday while addressing a rally here criticised the UPA government for not hanging Guru and asked, 'Is Afzal Guru a son-in-law of the Congress and why is he being given special treatment?'

Reacting to Gadkari's comment, Congress said Gadkari has lost his mind and that he needed serious help.

'The remark smacks of obscenity, obnoxiousness and obtuseness,' Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said in New Delhi.

Tiwari further said, 'It is very obvious that the esteemed president of the BJP has lost it completely. The BJP should take
pity on him and deposit him into a psychiatric facility. The man needs serious help.' PTI

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