Amit Shah differs with Prakash Singh Badal: ‘BJP not in favour of premature release of Beant killers’

Five convicts are jailed in the assassination case of Beant Singh.

By: Press Trust of India | Hyderabad | Published: January 9, 2015 3:13:01 am
BJP president Amit Shah with Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad. (Source: PTI ) BJP president Amit Shah with Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad. (Source: PTI )

The BJP on Thursday made it clear that it is not in favour of “premature release” of 13 convicts, including five jailed in assassination case of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, as sought by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

“BJP is not in agreement with this,” party president Amit Shah told a press conference here in response to a query on Badal seeking premature release of the 13 life convicts.

Five convicts are jailed in the assassination case of Beant Singh while one in the 1993 New Delhi bomb blast case in which nine persons were killed and 25 others, including a Youth Congress leader, were injured.

Badal recently wrote to his counterparts in UP, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat and administrators of Union Territories Delhi and Chandigarh seeking ‘premature release’ of the 13 life convicts who are jailed in these states under TADA Act for past several years. He sought their release on “humanitarian grounds”.

Shah was in the city to review membership drive of the party in Telangana.

Amid controversies courted by his party leaders with their remarks, Shah said he has asked his party members to observe restraint.

“As far as BJP’s image is concerned if any MLA or MP makes such (controversial) comments, it naturally hurts the party image…” he said. When asked to comment on the latest remark of BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj that Hindus should produce four children, he said it is Sakshi’s personal comment.

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