BJP leaders, families of abducted Indians meet PM, Speaker

Family members of several Indian sailors, held hostage by Somali pirates, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and pleaded with the government to take immediate steps for early release of those abducted.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 21:52 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leaders on Thursday met
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Speaker Meira Kumar taking
up the issue of Indian sailors held abducted by Somali pirates
and sought the government`s immediate steps to secure the
early release of the hostages.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her
counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Deputy Leader of
the BJP in the Upper House SS Ahluwalia met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Thursday evening along with the family members of
the captive Indian sailors.

They demanded that the government take immediate
steps for the early release of the abducted sailors.

Sharing their anguish, the Prime Minister assured them
that the government would do whatever is feasible for the safe
return of the sailors, sources said.

The Prime Minister told the members that the Indian
government was working with various other governments for the
purpose, they said.

Earlier, Swaraj, who had sought the appointments with the
Prime Minister and the Speaker, led the family members for a
meeting with Meira Kumar in the Parliament House complex.

After the meeting, Swaraj told reporters that the Speaker
had given them a patient hearing and the meeting was positive.
She had pleaded the case of these family members with the

Sources said when the ladies narrated their vows, some of
those present broke down.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told Parliament
earlier in the day that the government would everything
possible to get the sailors released but cautioned against
emotive response as it could danger their lives.