Rahul Gandhi: Sad… if PM killers freed, what about common man

Speaking on SC's decision on Rajiv Gandhi's killer, Rahul said that he is against the death penalty.

Amethi | Updated: February 20, 2014 10:07 am
Rahul Gandhi  said that if a Prime Minister does not get justice in this country, then a common man never will. (AP) Rahul Gandhi said that if a Prime Minister does not get justice in this country, then a common man never will. (AP)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday he was “saddened” that the Tamil Nadu government had decided to release all seven people convicted in the assassination of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rahul, however, said he was not in favour of the death penalty.

“I am saddened… It is close to me, hence I am sharing this. It is not just about my father, the killers of this country’s Prime Minister are being released,” he told reporters here.

Addressing a function later, he said, “If a prime minister does not get justice in this country, then a common man never will.” But he added that he does not believe in capital punishment, saying, “Rajiv Gandhiji wapas nahi ayenge (Rajiv Gandhi will not return).”

He said, “Today some journalist asked me what I think of the decision. Am I angry? Am I sad? This is my family, and Rajiv Gandhi was my father. He worked here and laid the foundation of development. Aapke wo pyare they… aur wo shaheed hue (He was close to you… and he became a martyr).”

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  1. M
    Feb 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm
    well said...
  2. A
    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:35 am
    Oh you are suddenly concerned about the common man. Where were you when the former president was giving pardons to death convicts left, right and center? At that point in time you were nowhere in the picture. Now when it comes to your father's killers you are concerned about the common man! Sheer hypocrisy of the highest order!
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    Ankit Malik
    Feb 20, 2014 at 7:18 am
    Common man?? Is that guy talking about us?? I don't remember them talking about us anytime but before the elections every 5 years.. We are not at all exist for these guys... We are only a tax payer and we buy injustice and corruption through the tax we pay... Rahul hi, your party might be the reason for many deaths.. What about common man??
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    Anuj Dhaka
    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:44 am
    PM's killer are free from prison?Shame on Tamil Nadu govt!! A decision should me made because this entire scenario looks very unjustified. This is not democratic at all.
  5. R
    Feb 20, 2014 at 4:49 am
    What was the reason for killing everyone knows. And now UPA must honour these persons with some prestigious award. Rule of law and merit is secondary in this country, so why feel worried about common man. You first let corruption spread, then loss of life, then interfere with judiciary, then some award to criminals, the adopt divide and rule, then worry about common man - this is the congress culture.
  6. P
    Feb 21, 2014 at 12:57 am
    Rahul hi should realize that, the killers of his father have served in prison at least 23 years. On the other hand, the killers of fathers and mothers of thousands of Sikhs in 1984, are scot free and enjoying outside. Let him just ponder and think on this. His Congress party presided by his mother was partially responsible for these deaths in 84.
  7. S
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:11 am
    By equating a Prime Minister-in-Waiting’s desire for additional vengeance for Prime Minister father’s death with the common man’s expectations of justice, the Vice President of Indian NationalCongress is making a mockery of the common man’s miserably long wait for justice (ref. 84 Pogrom etc.). How can that Prime Minister’s son expect more justice when that Prime Minister’s victims got none?
  8. S
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:10 am
    The SC decision is very well-timed to portray the Nehru-hi dynasty yet again as long-suffering martyrs/victims of the nation. TV channels (e.g. NDTV) are repeatedly showing clips of Rajiv higarlanding his inated mother, too. The Family always counts on the sympathy vote to remain in power, and to deny its own victims justice.
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