New Delhi: Mounting pressure on the government over the Delhi gangrape issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Leader of Opposition Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Monday reiterated her party's demand for a special Parliament session over the issue.
Sushma said that during the Winter Session, her party had raised the gangrape issue but the government did not take any action then. "I had made two suggestions to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister but unfortunately they did not consider either of them," she told media.
Sushma said that she had suggested to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that a special Parliament session should be called on the issue and that the existing anti-rape laws need to be strengthened. She claimed that she even suggested Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to call an all-party meeting to find a solution to the problem.
The BJP leader said that her party leaders will go to President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday to discuss the gangrape issue. "Senior BJP leaders will meet the President on Tuesday on the
gangrape issue," Sushma said.
Earlier, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javedekar had criticised Manmohan Singh's address to the nation saying his statement promising appropriate steps to prevent heinous crimes against women does not inspire confidence. "The Prime Minister's statement does not inspire any confidence in the people. It has come too late and is too little. People want tougher laws and time-bound action. The government has failed to gauge the mood of the people," he said.
"Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj has suggested a way forward to the government by saying the Prime Minister should call an all-party meeting and hold a special session. The session can be of just five days," Javadekar said.