Arjun shifted all blame for Bhopal on dead people: BJP
BJP today attacked former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh for putting the blame for allowing Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson to leave India after the Bhopal tragedy "on people who are dead".delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2010 20:51 IST
BJP on Wednesday attacked former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh for putting the blame for allowing Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson to leave India after the Bhopal tragedy "on people who are dead".
Singh, who made a rare appearance in Rajya Sabha to participate in a discussion on Bhopal gas tragedy, said he was informed by his Chief Secretary Brahm Swaroop that there were "persistent calls from Home Ministry officials in Delhi for granting bail to Anderson".
"I told him (Swaroop) to do whatever he wanted to do but asked him that Anderson's arrest be recorded so that he can be summoned again and we can arraign him in court," Singh said.
The moment he finished his statement, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley charged that the former MP Chief Minister had shifted all blame to dead people.
"He has conveniently shifted the decision to release Anderson to then Chief Secretary who is no more and some unknown Home Ministry officials... Dead men tell no tale," he said.
Jaitley added that "when the then Prime Minister (Rajiv Gandhi) did not have any sympathy (for Anderson), why did he listen to the Home Ministry". He said Singh's statement concealed more than it revealed.
Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) asked why only one person was being made the fall guy.
First Published: Aug 11, 2010 20:49 IST