Action Against Coca-Cola, Pepsi Sought in Tamil Nadu
August 10, 2006

TIRUNELVELI: State president of CITU J Hemachandran has demanded that State Government take stern action against the multinational soft drink giants ญญ Coca Cola and Pepsi.

At a dharna organised at Gangaikondan near Tirunelveli on Wednesday by the district unit of CPM and CITU, Hemachandran demanded the State government repeal the licence given to the South Indian Bottling Plant, a franchisee of the Coca cola.

Hemachandran further said that supporting the soft drink company at the SIPCOT Complex in Gangaikondanis is anti-people for it is an issue related to the livelihood of thousands of farmers in more than 30 villages around the plant.

On the issue of the soft drink giants using hazardous chemicals above the permissible limit, Hemachandran said that on the lines of Kerala the sale of the Coca cola and Pepsi should be banned in Tamil Nadu immediately. He warned that soft approach towards this issue would certainly incur the wrath of the public.

Around 500, including 200 women, participated in the dharna that lasted till 8 pm at the main bazaar of Gangaikondan. Krishnan, president of the Groundwater Protection Forum, V Pazhani, district secretary of CPM, R Karumalaiyan, district secretary of CITU and several others participated in the dharna.

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