Punjab CM meets PM, seeks clemency for Bhullar
New Delhi: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here seeking clemency for Khalistani terrorist Devenderpal Singh Bhullar.
"We asked the Prime Minister to find out a way so that he (Bhullar) can be granted clemency," the Punjab chief minister told reporters after the meeting. Rejecting suggestions that commuting Bhullar's death sentence will send a 'wrong' message, senior Badal said the state needs peace and harmony the most.
"See, you do not understand. What we need most is peace and harmony. If it affects peace and harmony, it will become an emotive issue. We are warning the government that people are emotional. Moreover, he is in a poor health condition... what will they gain by hanging him," he said.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) veteran claimed if the Centre or a state government commits even a small mistake, it has to "pay the price". "I have the experience of how much the country has lost due to incorrect decisions. In the interest of the state, in the interest of the country, we are asking to stop it," he said referring to the execution of Bhullar.