‘Will India take part in Dow-sponsored Olympics?’

Several BJP members asked the government to make its stand clear whether Indian players will participate in the forthcoming London Olympics if Dow Chemicals, linked with the Bhopal gas tragedy, is a sponsor.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2011, 17:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Several BJP members on Monday asked
the government to make its stand clear whether Indian players
will participate in the forthcoming London Olympics if Dow
Chemicals, linked with the Bhopal gas tragedy, is a sponsor.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha,
Maya Singh (BJP) said the government should "make it clear
whether Indian players will not participate in the games", if
Dow Chemicals is among the sponsors.

She urged all members to support her in pressurising the
government not to let Indian players participate in the
Olympics. She was joined by several party colleagues.

Amid reports of Dow being the principal sponsor of the
Olympics next year, Singh said the Bhopal Gas tragedy had
claimed thousands of lives and rendered thousands handicapped.

The trauma of the affected persons was continuing and they
are yet to be paid adequate compensation.

Singh said Dow Chemicals is linked to Union Carbide and
India should abstain from participating in the Games.

She also charged the Centre with not doing justice to the
affected persons and sought a clarification on the issue.
The BJP members also alleged that the compensation granted
to them so far was inadequate and the gas-affected people were
cheated as they could not even get their treatment done with
such low compensation.

PTI