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Wednesday August 31, 2011 07:30:09 PM, IANS

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday flayed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his tweet linking the Tamil Nadu assembly resolution on the three men on the death row for the Rajiv Gandhi killing to parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

"Omar's remarks are unfortunate," party spokesperson Shanawaz Hussain told reporters here.

"Had some Hurriyat leaders made such comment, it would have been understandable. A responsible CM should not have made such comments," Hussain said.

BJP member Balbir Punj dubbed Omar's remarks "shocking, irresponsible and unfortunate".

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the death sentence given to the three men in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi should be carried out.

"If in the process of law, the Supreme Court confirms capital punishment...and the clemency petition is rejected, that capital punishment must be executed," he said.

Abdullah, in a comment on microblogging site Twitter, said: "If J&K assembly had passed a resolution similar to the Tamil Nadu one for Afzal Guru would the reaction have been as muted? I think not."

Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, has been convicted in the 2001 attack on parliament and sentenced to death.

Omar was commenting on a unanimous resolution the Tamil Nadu assembly passed, asking President Pratibha Patil to review her rejection of the three Rajiv Gandhi killing case convicts' mercy petitions.






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