US adopting double standards in dealing with disaster: CPI

Last Updated: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 17:19

Puducherry: The CPI on Saturday accused the US of
adopting double standards in dealing with disasters like the
recent oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico and the Bhopal gas
disaster.
"The Barrack Obama administration is evincing interest in
welfare of shrimp farmers affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil
spill, but nothing has been mentioned by the US President with
respect to victims of Bhopal gas tragedy. This is a clear case
of double standards on the part of US", CPI secretary D Raja
said here.

He said the safe passage of then Union Carbide chairman
Warren Andersen out of India could not have been possible
without knowledge of the Congress government at the Centre and
in Madhya Pradesh at the time of the disaster in 1984.

He was also critical of the constitution of the Group of
Ministers to look into the issue and said it would serve no
purpose.
He said the Left parties would oppose the Civil Nuclear
Liability Bill if it were introduced in Parliament in its
present form and alleged the UPA government was keen on
getting it passed just to gain the confidence of US investors.

The Left parties would hold a national level conference
in Delhi on July 1 and urge all district and state units of
parties to intensify agitations against the UPA government`s
policies, he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 17:19

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