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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First Published on: February 19, 2014 5:56 pm
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    Man
    Feb 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm
    well said...
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      AN
      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.
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            Ravi
            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.
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              Prasad
              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.
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                sonia
                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?
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                  sonia
                  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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                    Vasan
                    Feb 20, 2014 at 1:14 am
                    What the government was doing all these years sitting on the mercy peion - very easy to criticize others - your government for the past 10 years has been turning a blind eye to keep the chair - coalition dharma of convenience
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                      Shashank Singh
                      Feb 20, 2014 at 5:39 am
                      It is central govt's duty to respond so that the seven convicts are punished. Jayalalithaa's decision to free the seven convicts is very shameful.
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                        Kannan Vivekananda
                        Feb 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm
                        What should Common man expect of a Government which keeps mum when a macre happens, just near our border?What should common man expect of a Government which donates an island to another nation and does not give permission to people who have been fishing at that place for centuries and now are denied that right?What should common man expect of a Government which has done Scams and Scams and does not have accountability towards any insute or law (read CBI or RTI)...When you are the law makers and you make laws for yourselves for decades and decades ignoring the common man, you should not be astonished by the verdict... After all, respect the Honorable Court...
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                          Tarun Aggarwal
                          Feb 20, 2014 at 5:33 am
                          This isn't about Rajiv hi's killers, this is about "killers" who are being freed. Lives lost are lives lost. This is unjustified. Dangerous politics by Jaya.
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                            Aaniya Bhatt
                            Feb 20, 2014 at 8:12 am
                            its really sad day in Indian judiciary and justice system in India by releasing the killers , my observation that killers are getting justice in India and not the victim..
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                              Iti Mehra
                              Feb 20, 2014 at 8:13 am
                              This decision of TN govt is purely political in nature to garner votes in the upcoming general election which should be condemned by all right thinking persons. All persons who have been convicted for anti national terrorism acts should be punished.
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                                Shrey
                                Feb 20, 2014 at 8:14 am
                                Jayalalilta should not play politics in such sensitive cases. Sri Lankan Terrorists come to India, kill our former Prime Minister and just go scot free ? May be she want to be faster enough to keep Karunanidhi at bay as general elections are in the corner.
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