Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley Thursday voiced his disagreement with the Supreme Court verdict granting relief to three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, but steered clear of attacking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the issue.
“The latest case of relief to the assassins of former PM Rajiv Gandhi is unconscionable. After assassinating a former PM, that there can be institutional compassion for such persons is difficult to comprehend,” he wrote on his website.
While he did not directly comment on Jayalalithaa’s move to release all seven convicts in the case, Jaitley said, “Those who commit such heinous crimes cannot be made a symbol of identity politics. Nothing more can hurt national security. Terrorism… must attract a deterrent punishment,” Jaitley said.
After praising Jaya, DMK slams her for ‘mishandling’ issue
CHENNAI: A day after lauding Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for her decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the DMK on Thursday criticised her for “mishandling” the issue. “Even the most well-planned efforts will not be complete in the hands of the incompetent,” said DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday, quoting a couplet from Tamil treatise Thirukkural.
On Wednesday, Karunanidhi had congratulated Jaya, even defending her and saying that it was not a “hasty” step. However, Jaya’s charges against him of remaining indifferent to the plight of these prisoners when in power, seems to have struck a raw nerve, prompting Karunanidhi to launch a counter-attack after the Supreme Court stayed the release of the convicts. Karunanidhi said it was the Jaya government that had opposed parole for S Nalini, one of the convicts serving life term. ENS
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.