Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee has termed as "distorted" and "one-sided" the
WikiLeaks revelation that he had invited Dow Chemicals to a
proposed chemical hub, saying invitation was made on condition
that the company owned responsibility of compensating Bhopal
gas tragedy victims.
"I had categorically stated that we want Dow Chemicals to
invest in the proposed chemical hub in the state, subject to
the company accepting responsibility for compensating the
victims of Bhopal gas disaster. The responsibility aspect has
been left out in the cable," Bhattacharjee said in a statement
Commenting last night on the cables released by the
whistleblower website on his reported conversation with US
treasury secretary Henry Paulson in October 2007 at the state
secretariat, Bhattacharjee said he explained the context as
otherwise confusion might prevail on his statement which was
presented in a "distorted and one-sided" manner.
On the claim of the WikiLeaks cables that he was in favour
of liberalisation and economic reforms, he said, "It has been
our long-standing position that we will take a positive stand
on those investments which will increase production and
production capacity, enhance technological efficiency and most
important boost employment opportunities."
He explained that while they were opposing global
neo-liberalism, it was proving futile to keep `us` free from
its effects altogether.
"Therefore to keep the labour class free of the anti-poor
consequences of these policies, we have to keep engaged with
this process," he said.