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29 January 2012

Union Govt. should strongly oppose Dow in London Olympics: Madhya Pradesh CM writes to PM

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By Pervez Bari


Bhopal: Expressing regret over not removing Dow Chemical as one of the sponsors of London Olympics 2012, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has written a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh urging him to register India's strong objection to it.
India should refuse to take part in the Olympics on the issue of the Olympics Organising Committee not removing Dow Chemicals. In this connection, Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan has drawn the attention of the Prime Minister towards the resignation of senior member of Sustainability Commission Ms Meredith Alexander.


He has written in the letter that Dow Chemicals' name is linked with Bhopal gas tragedy, which was worst industrial disaster in the world. Dow Chemical has been included as a sponsor of Olympics despite opposition by the people connected with human rights in the entire world. This cannot be accepted in any way.


Mr. Chouhan said that Dow Chemical is responsible for untimely death of lakhs of people in Bhopal gas tragedy. He said that earlier also he had apprised Union Sports Minister Mr. Ajay Maken about his feelings in this connection. Removal of Dow Chemical is necessary on moral ground in view of public sentiments, the letter said.


[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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