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Don`t succumb to pressures by multinationals: CPI(M) to govt

CPI(M) today asked the government not to succumb to "extra-constitutional pressures mounted by multinational companies" in the matter of compensation for the victims of Bhopal gas disaster.



New Delhi: CPI(M) today asked the government
not to succumb to "extra-constitutional pressures mounted by
multinational companies" in the matter of compensation for the
victims of Bhopal gas disaster.

Party leader in Rajya Sabha Sitaram Yechury told
reporters that instead the government should put the onus of
Bhopal gas disaster on the US firm Dow Chemicals and ask it to
clean up the toxic waste from the accident site.

Dow should be held responsible to clean up the toxic
waste, besides compensating the victims. If nothing, the
government should emulate the US where it has sought USD 20
billion fund from British Petroleum for the Gulf of Mexico oil
spill".

A senior US Administration official had written to
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia
not to persist on Dow Chemical compensation issue so as to
avoid any "chilling" in the investment relationship between
the two countries.

The Congress said the party or the government would not
respond to the reported letter by a US official on Dow
Chemicals.

"Whether its a breach of propriety on behalf of the US
Administration to be writing something which essentially falls
within the domain of corporate interest of a particular
company, I don`t think Government of India or Congress party
(should) be answering that," Congress spokesperson Manish
Tewari told reporters outside Parliament.

"But having said that Montek Singh Ahluwalia has already
spoken on the matter," he said, adding that government was
pursuing all remedies, including reopening of the judicial
decisions of 1989 and 1996 in this regard to maintain the
interests of the gas victims.

PTI

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