Kerala CM to lead hunger strike against endosulfan

United News of India

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24, 2011

Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan will lead a hunger strike here tomorrow, demanding that India should adopt a stand in favour of the ban of the pesticide endosulfan at the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which begins in Geneva.

The state government and various non-government organisations in the State will organise protests across the state and observe Anti-Endosulfan Day tomorrow, the day on which the Stockholm convention commences.

Social activists, environmentalists, elected representatives, politicians, cultural leaders and victims would stage an agitation at the Martyrs' Column here.

Though the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) had extended its support to the demand for ban on endosulfan, opposition leader Oommen Chandy said today that he would not be participating in the strike. He accused Mr Achuthanandan and the ruling Left Democratic Front of politicising the issue.

Instead of participating in the agitation, Mr Chandy and state Congress President Ramesh Chennithala would be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for demanding a ban on the killer pesticide.

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treaty, signed in 2001 and effective from May 2004, that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants.