New Delhi: Politics is still being played over the Bhopal gas tragedy even though almost 26 years have passed since the deadly methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant and killed over 15,000 people in what is till date the worst industrial disaster the world has seen.
Both BJP and Congress have set up committees on the Bhopal gas tragedy and are blaming each other.
With a bunch of former bureaucrats blaming the state and Central Congress leadership for letting former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson escape, the Government is feeling the heat.
It has quickly reconstituted the Group of Minister on Bhopal gas tragedy headed by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. The task of the GOM is to suggest relief for the victims.
Congress has gone a step further, asking for extradition of Anderson from the USA.
"The Congress party is of the firm opinion as the Law Minister has pointed out that the extradition process should be completed and he should be brought to book," Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said.
In Bhopal, the BJP government stepped on the gas.
"The state government has decided to appeal against the verdict so that the quantum of punishment if increased and the victims get justice," said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
The Congress knows that it is on a sticky wicket. The party was in power both the Centre and state when the gas leak happened. Several questions are left unanswered on why and who really showed haste in helping Union Carbide limit its damages.
More than 25 years later instead of ensuring justice the Bhopal gas tragedy has become a political battlefield. In all these years both the BJP and Congress have been at power at the Centre and state yet the two of them are blaming each other.