After backing UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee to the presidential post, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has already placed his first request before him seeking that the newly-elected President of India reject the mercy petition of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Thackeray, who broke ranks with traditional political ally NDA to back Mukherjee’s candidature, in an editorial in the party-run newspaper Saamna has written that Pranab should begin his term by rejecting the pending mercy petition of Guru.
Congratulating Mukherjee on his victory, Thackeray wrote, “Begin your presidential term with the auspicious act of rejecting the mercy petition of the terrorist involved in the 2001 terror attack, Afzal Guru, and make history.”
The party also said that they had high expectations from the first president from West Bengal and said he would have to commit the “holy act” of ensuring the death penalty for Guru is carried out.
“It is not right that a terrorist who has struck on the nation’s democracy should be left alive. Start your presidential term with this act (rejecting his mercy petition) and make history,” the editorial stated.
This isn’t the first time though that the Sena chief has made such a demand. Thackeray is reported to have made the demand to Mukherjee when the two had met in Mumbai during the presidential poll campaigning. But as Firstpost had noted while Mukherjee’s predecessor Pratibha Patil has chosen to avoid the politically contentious issue, the veteran politician can do the same and conveniently let the file lie on his desk till the end of his term.