BJP`s Bhopal bogey deflated: Cong

Congress today accused BJP of "clutching on to mythical straws" for its attack on former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh on the Bhopal issue.

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 21:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress today accused BJP of
"clutching on to mythical straws" for its attack on former
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh on the Bhopal issue.

"BJP is in the habit of raising ghosts and then slaying
them and feeling ecstatic about it.....It`s because BJP`s
bogey has been deflated, demolished and buried that they are
trying to clutch on to mythical straws," party spokesperson
Manish Tewari told PTI responding to BJP`s criticism.

BJP attacked Singh for putting blame for Union Carbide
chief Warren Anderson`s exit from India after 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".

"Rajivji never uttered a single word on the next two
days, either in support of Mr Anderson or trying to mitigate
his problems," he said, adding that attaching any motive on
the then Prime Minister would be a "figment of imagination of
persons who can see nothing constructive of a person of that
stature".

Unhappy with Singh`s contention, Leader of Opposition
Arun Jaitley said that the senior Congress leader was
attributing blame on people who were not alive. "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 said if Rajiv Gandhi had no sympathy with
Anderson, then why did he listen to the Home Ministry. "His
(Arjun) statement is concealing more," he said.

Tewari however dismissed the charges saying, "When M K
Rasgotra (foreign secretary during Bhopal gas tragedy) and now
Arjun Singh have put it on record that the then Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi neither intervened nor he was informed (about
Anderson`s release), what else is there to say."

-PTI