Cong core group meets to discuss Bhopal gas tragedy issue

The Congress Core Group chaired by party President Sonia Gandhi met here this evening after the party was hemmed in by attacks from within and outside on the Bhopal gas tragedy issue.

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 22:47 PM IST

New Delhi: The Congress Core Group chaired
by party President Sonia Gandhi met here this evening after
the party was hemmed in by attacks from within and outside on
the Bhopal gas tragedy issue.

The over hour-long meeting was attended by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, Finance Minster Pranab Mukherjee, Home
Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and
Gandhi`s political secretary Ahmed Patel.

However, what transpired in the meeting was not
immediately known as top party leaders remained tight-lipped
on the deliberations.

Earlier, a party leader had indicated that a view could
be firmed up at the meeting on the controversial issue, after
which an explanation could be offered to various questions
being raised over the handling of the case.

The party in its official press briefing today skirted a
number of questions on the issue, saying the Group of
Ministers constituted by the Prime Minister will do whatever
needs to be done in this regard.

A top party leader also sought to distance itself from
the controversy saying a lot of issues being raised had
nothing to do with Congress and only the government can be in
a position to answer these questions.

Questions have been raised as to why the government did
not go in for an appeal when charges were diluted by the
Supreme Court against the accused in 1997 and how and why the
former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson was provided a state
aircraft to fly out of Bhopal.

PTI