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Delhi rape: PM message failed, says BJP

Posted on Dec 24, 02:41PM | IBNS

As Manmohan Singh appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace in the wake of sweeping protests in the national capital over the gangrape and brutalization of a medical student on a moving bus, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the Prime Minister's televised message failed to give 'assurances' to the people of the country.

"The PM finally spoke but he did not give assurances to the country," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told media.

"The BJP had given positive suggestions that there should be one week Special Parliament Session and there should be all-party meeting..Instead of accepting it, they (government) are rejecting it as if this is something against the government.

"We showed them the way but they are not ready to follow it. The government is not able to understand the anger of people," he said.

As protests sweep New Delhi over the gangrape and brutalization of a medical student on a moving bus, the Prime Minister on Monday reassured action and made an emotional appeal for the second time to people to maintain peace in the wake of Sunday's protester-cop clashes that left more than 140 people, including nearly 80 policemen injured.

Speaking to the nation in televised message, Singh said: " As the father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you."

"My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time," he said.

"I feel deeply sad at the turn of event leading to clashes between protesters and police forces," he said adding that though the anger was justified, violence would serve no purpose.

Singh assured that the government would take all measures to ensure the security and safety of women.

"I appeal to all sections of the society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts," he said.