Gas leak outrage: Cutting through the fog

In the only full discussion in the Lok Sabha on Bhopal, in reply to the minister's statement, members raised questions about the scientific causes of the tragedy, the technological aspects, and the inadequacies in the safety measures and the government's immediate response. Questions were asked on the licensing policy of the government and the manner of disbursal of relief and compensation.

Janata Party's Madhu Dandavate came prepared with a chart and diagram of the system at the Union Carbide plant and Left MP Geeta Mukherjee demanded that the properties of Union Carbide be immediately confiscated.

But the only mention of Anderson's arrest-cum-release drama came in a self-congratulatory speech by Congress MP Eduardo Faleiro.

While the debate on the Anti-Defection Bill on January 30 had taken over seven hours, with 48 speakers the 48th speaker was Rajiv Gandhi the discussion on Bhopal lasted for about two and a half hours on January 21; the number of listed speakers was only 10.

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