Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who filed his nomination on Tuesday as the vice presidential candidate of 18 opposition parties, said he believes death penalty belongs to the medieval ages and it’s wrong.
He further added that “Yes, I had also written to Pakistan PM, Nawaz Sharif demanding that he should not hang Kulbhushan Jadhav. “My views are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ambedhkar”, he further added.
Gandhi’s statement came amid allegations by Shiv Sena that he had opposed 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon’s death sentence.
Shiv Sena, MP Sanjay Raut had said on Monday: “Even after the plotters of the Mumbai 1993 blasts were given capital punishment, some people tried their best to get the death sentence commuted and show leniency. Gopalkrishna Gandhi was one of them. I think the Congress party is insulting the country by nominating such a person to a constitutional post.”
The former West Bengal governor cleared his stand on Tuesday and said that such allegation was expected from Shiv Sena.
He further said that is an ordinary citizen, and not associated with any party. “My views are my own. I am not here to oppose any person or party, here with all humility to place before electors, the aspirations of citizens.”