Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to ‘dine’ with the CEO of Dow Chemical, responsible for the worst industrial disaster in Bhopal has enraged the members of civil society and social media users.
On Friday, NGOs working for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims slammed the PM for dining with the CEO instead if making him answerable to law.
In a joint press conference, they said that the PM’s action of “pleading” with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to invest more in India was “outrageous and disgusting” for citizens.
“Instead of making Dow Chemical obey Indian laws, the Prime Minister chose to offer a lavish dinner to its CEO Andrew Liveris during his visit to US this September,” said Rashida Bee, head of Bhopal Gas Peedit Manila Stationery Karmchari Sangh.
“From newspaper reports we learnt that Modijee offered thandai chicken, sevaiyan cake and other delicacies to Liveris, just nine days after the Bhopal chief judicial magistrate issued notice against his company for sheltering the fugitive killer Union Carbide,” she said.
Photo of Modi ‘enjoying’ the company of Liberis has gone viral on social media with users expressing their ‘anger and disgust.’
Here’s a snapshot of twitter conversation:
Modi gets cordial wth Dow Chemicals CEO Andrew Liveris his co is responsible for Bhopal Gas&courts in India want him pic.twitter.com/2fPhvmz4QT
— Aashish Mehta (@aashishSmehta) December 18, 2015
Modi gets So friendly & hosts lavish dinner for Dow Chemicals CEO Andrew Liveris. And Bhopal Court awaits him!! pic.twitter.com/EaMnuD4Wtk
— Navin Khaitan (@navinkhaitan) December 18, 2015
— Raghvendra Sharma (@raghven_ace) December 19, 2015
Modi wouldn't care if Dow Chemicals can make Ambani & Adani earn more money https://t.co/zqZO9oCwKg
— SK Jain (@skjain_05) December 18, 2015