PM should ensure proper rehabilitation for Bhopal victims: Jha

Madhya Pradesh BJP president Prabhat Jha has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure proper medical facilities and rehabilitation to the victims of Bhopal Gas tragedy.

Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 17:45 PM IST

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh BJP president Prabhat
Jha has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure proper
medical facilities and rehabilitation to the victims of Bhopal
Gas tragedy.

"It is a matter of shame for the country`s political
system that even after more than 25 years of the disaster we
are not in a position to provide proper medical facilities and
rehabilitation to gas victims," Jha said in a three-page
letter to Singh.

Jha said he was writing the letter to the PM to draw his
"urgent attention" over the issue and seek necessary action in
this regard.

The BJP leader quoted media reports to allege that the
then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gave consent to then Madhya
Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh to allow Union Carbide
chief Warren Anderson to leave India.

Not only did Singh violate the rule of law and
constitution of India but he also gave full individual and
governmental support to Anderson, he claimed.

In 1989, the then Central Government had settled all civil
and criminal liabilities on behalf of the Bhopal gas victims
without their consent, Jha wrote.

"This raises a question on the objectivity of the whole
settlement process on behalf of the Bhopal gas victims by the
Central Government," he said.

Recounting the events that took place soon after the
disaster, Jha said even today there was "no proper
compensation and speedy, effective and equitable justice
provided to the Bhopal gas victims."

In 1996, when the Congress was in power at the Centre it
was in a position to constitute a time-bound special court for
giving speedy natural justice to the gas victims as was done
in the case of Godhra, he said.

"Why such initiative was not taken by the Congress party
in this case?" he asked.

The State BJP president said during the whole course of
investigation, the CBI had played a dubious role and alleged
that even today it was working under political pressure from
the Congress.

"In view of the judgement given by the Chief Judicial
Magistrate on June 7, I on behalf of the people of Madhya
Pradesh am requesting the Prime Minister to take the
initiative for the extradition of Warren Anderson," he said.

PTI