Zee News, May 22, 2008
New Delhi, May 22: Criticising the UPA for its “failure” to form a high-powered commission to redress the grievances of Bhopal gas tragedy victims, the CPI on Thursday said such a government has “no moral right to continue in office which cannot work for its people”.
“The UPA government’s attitude towards the Bhopal gas tragedy victims is callous, insensitive and irresponsible,” CPI national secretary D Raja said addressing the victims, who were released today after being detained for protesting in front of the Prime Minister’s residence.
“The government is celebrating its successful completion of fourth year in office. But it has failed to understand the pathetic condition of the (Bhopal tragedy) victims, so they have no moral right to stay,” Raja said.
About 200 victims have been staging demonstration at Jantar Mantar in the national capital for past 52 days, after marching on foot from Bhopal.
“I urge the government to form a high-powered commission to look into the matter,” he said, adding CPI is not going to let down the people of Bhopal on the issue.
Criticising the UPA government for allowing US-based Dow Chemicals, the present owner of Union Carbide, to invest in India, RSP MP Abani Roy said “this government is not ready to pay heed to the sufferings of its people but is ensuring that there is no harm to the interest of the United States.”
Noted columnist Kuldip Nayyar and activists of various social organisations were present in the meeting.