Action Against Coca-Cola, Pepsi Sought in Tamil Nadu
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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