Lucknow: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today expressed pain over the Jayalalithaa government's decision to release all the seven convicts serving life term for the assassination of his father, later Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Addressing a gathering of party workers in Sultanpur during a daylong visit to his constituency Amethi, Rahul Gandhi said: “If the killers of the former Prime Minister of this country are being released, what kind of justice should the common man expect."
Rahul Gandhi said, his father was a "martyr". "It's not about my father. I am sad the killers of a Prime Minister are being freed", he said.
"Personally I am against death penalty. I am not angry, nor sad. I know my father, who was a martyr, will never come back. But I feel if a former PM does not get justice, then what justice can a poor man expect".
In Delhi, the Congress today condemned the decision of Tamil Nadu cabinet to release all the seven convicts serving life term for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and 17 others in the Sriperumbudur suicide attack on May 21, 1991.