Amarinder wrong on Bhopal tragedy facts: Jaitley

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2014 01:55 IST

A day after Amarinder Singh targeted Arun Jaitley for betraying Bhopal gas tragedy victims, the BJP leader has hit back through his campaign diary. Singh is the Congress candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat and Jaitley his BJP rival, chosen over party incumbent Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Jaitley wrote: “The Captain has charged me for appearing for Dow Jones against the Bhopal gas victims. Dow Jones has nothing to do with either the Union Carbide or Bhopal gas tragedy. It is a leading American financial company. Dow Jones incidentally owns the Wall Street Journal. The name of the lawyer who appeared against Bhopal gas victims is Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is the chief spokesperson of Captain Amarinder Singh’s political party.”

He added: “I have advised and appeared for thousands of clients as part of my professional commitment. If persons or a company not involved in the tragedy, wanted to have the benefit of my advice, it is my professional ethics as a lawyer to give them the correct legal advice. This is what I have done.”

Earlier, Jaitley said a strong government in New Delhi will send a strong signal to Pakistan for ending terrorism. “A strong government will also be able to tell Islamabad to mend its ways,” he added.

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