Monday, November 29, 1999

Cong played ``criminal role`` after Bhopal tragedy: Sangh

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) After BJP, the Sangh Parivar has charged Congress with allowing then Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson to leave the country after the Bhopal gas tragedy. "The facts which are coming to light make it clear that Congress governments at the Centre and the state (Madhya Pradesh) ignored the plight of the victims by allowing the biggest criminal of humanity Warren Anderson to leave India," an editorial in the latest issue of RSS mouthpiece ''Panchjanya'' said. The editorial titled "Congress Ka Haath Gaddaron Ke Saath" (the hand of Congress is with traitors) said Congress lived up to its "elite character" and played a "criminal and inhuman role" in allowing Anderson to leave India. It said Congress was looking for "scapegoats" after the "mystery" behind Anderson''s escape started unwinding. "A scapegoat is being found so that fingers are not pointed at then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and 10, Janpath," the journal said. Targeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the edit piece questioned her "silence" on the issue. "Is not her silence surprising? Often she maintains silence on such issues and people good at making statements are sent forward," it said. Likening the Anderson issue with that of Bofors case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi, it wondered "why people working against Indian interests were being protected by Congress." It said even Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was being "saved from the gallows" for the past four years despite the Supreme Court endorsing the death sentence handed down to him. The Sangh said the statement of Law Minister M Veerappa Moily that the case against Anderson was still on is a "betrayal" of the people of the country and the victims of the gas tragedy. "If indeed, the Congress is serious about bringing out the truth, then the matter should be probed impartially and a white paper brought out," it said.

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