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BJP passes resolution on Bhopal gas tragedy

india Updated: Jun 13, 2010 17:33 IST

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BJP on Sunday sought to exploit the issue of judicial verdict into the Bhopal gas tragedy by passing a resolution at its national executive meeting seeking action against all those who let flee the guilty for the deaths of thousands of people as also bringing to book those responsible.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan proposed a resolution in this regard. Chouhan is constituting a committee of legal experts to study the verdict so as to go in for an appeal in the High Court seeking enhancement of the
punishments awarded to seven convicts.

The decision was taken after recent revelations that the then Chief Minister Arjun Singh reportedly allowed Union
Carbide chief Warren Anderson to flee from the state after the incident.

"The life of an Indian is not cheap in comparison to any American or anybody else. The gross injustice which the
victims of Union Carbide gas tragedy in Bhopal have suffered must make us all alive to this critical aspect. The BJP
demands that all requisite steps must be taken for expeditious justice to the victims of Bhopal tragedy," the party said.

In his inaugural address on Saturday, party chief Nitin Gadkari had asked the Congress to come clear on its role in allegedly providing safe passage to Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson after the worst-ever industrial disaster in 1984.

"Why is the Congress silent on the issue? Why is Arjun Singh silent? Why has the country not been informed about what
happened?....The silence is eloquent," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters, quoting Gadkari.

A retired CBI official BR Lall had stated earlier that the then Congress government at the Centre had tried to protect
the Union Carbide management.

There are reports that Arjun Singh, then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, had helped Anderson flee allegedly at the
behest of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"Anderson was booked under Section 304 IPC which is a non-bailable offence.....Government helped the main culprit in the accident in which 20,000 people died. Congress must apologise to the nation," Prasad said,quoting BJP president.

He termed Congress-led UPA as "Union-Carbide Protection Agency".

Gadkari used the Bhopal gas tragedy case to argue against the government move to pass the Civil Liability for Nuclear
Damages Bill.

"After the recent verdict on Bhopal gas tragedy, the danger of capping the liability through such legislation has
become more pronounced," Gadkari said.

The BJP President also maintained that the compensation given and the delay in the process was a "cruel joke".

"The Bhopal gas verdict is a cruel joke by our criminal justice system. BJP demands that the government should again
knock the doors of the Supreme Court and aggressively seek review of its judgement...Bhopal tragedy is the saga of
treachery, back-stabbing and betrayal," Gadkari said.

Taking a dig at Rajiv Gandhi and Arjun Singh, he further added, "No words are powerful enough to condemn all those who mishandled this issue."