By Aglaia Staff

Former Union minister and BJP member Subramanian Swamy slammed the decision by Tamil Nadu (TN) government to release seven people convicted for their role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said the Union government should take a strict view on the issue.

Swamy said the letter by the TN government telling the Centre that it should reply within three days or they would release the convicts was illegal. “The state government has no such right. Only the central government can do so as they have been convicted under a central act,” he said.

Swamy demanded that the PM send a missive to TN chief minister J Jayalalithaa under Article 256 of the Constitution of India and then threaten to use Article 356 to dismiss the government. Swamy said this was needed as the anti-national sentiment in TN was getting encouragement. “This is needed to curb such forces in the state,” he said.

According to Swamy, the accused had in the court expressed pride in carrying out the assassination and said that they did so as India had sent a peace-keeping force to Sri Lanka. “The fact is that the force was sent after a proposal brought in Parliament was cleared,” he said.

Swamy also slammed Congress leader Sonia Gandhi for writing to the President that the convicts should not be given capital punishment. “If she was compassionate why did she not make such a demand for Satwant Singh, who killed Indira Gandhi or for Dhananjay Chatterjee, who kept begging for mercy for 20 years,” he said.

Swamy, who was in the city, to speak at a national seminar on ‘Had Sardar Patel not been successful in building united India, what would have been the fate of the nation’. He praised Patel for uniting the princely states and said the country would not have been what it was without his efforts.

 

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