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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Congress asks Tamil Nadu govt to review decision on convicts' release

2014 Feb 24

CHENNAI: Union minister for shipping G K Vasan on Sunday said the Tamil Nadu government's decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is "very unfortunate" and should be reviewed, as there are national security issues involved.

Expressing his views on the issue for the first time, he told reporters that the state government should have acted in a responsible way. He ruled out any possibility of the Centre accepting the state government's decision on humanitarian grounds.

"In the name of mercy and keeping elections and political gains in the mind the state has taken the decision which is wrong," Vasan said. He expressed the view that the people of Tamil Nadu will not accept the decision and will teach a lesson to the state government.

Asked about the reported remark of Union finance minister P Chidambaram that he was neither happy nor unhappy over the state government's decision, Vasan said the Congress members across the nation are unanimous on their stand and their opinion is not divided.

On whether the Indian government would back the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council meet in March, he said the Union government has already voted twice against the Island nation in the council.

The Congress leader said his party has been talking with various regional parties in many states including Tamil Nadu. There is enough time to declare the alliance partners since the election date has not been announced, he said. "Parties which are accepting secular ideologies will join us," he said when asked whether his party would get the DMDK on board.

Earlier in the day, Union minister of state in PMO, V Narayanasamy said in Puducherry that the TN government's decision is shocking, unacceptable and embarrassing and should be reconsidered.

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