Plastic ban: BJP leader stages dharna outside Pondy Assembly hall

Puducherry: A nominated BJP MLA caused a flutter on the Assembly premises here today by resorting to sudden dharna urging the Puducherry government to ban immediately production, sale and use of plastic products in the Union Territory on the lines of neighbouring Tamilnadu.

Holding a placard demanding a ban on plastic, V Saminathan staged dharna at the main entrance of the Assembly hall. However, he gave up the agitation after security staff in the Assembly spoke to him.

Later, talking to reporters he said the Tamilnadu government had announced a ban from 1 January in the state on plastic products. “Puducherry government should also follow suit and ensure protection of environment and health of the people by effecting a ban on plastic commodities.”

Alleging that Puducherry was presenting an ugly look with plastic materials lying scattered at different places, he said a ban on plastic items should be imposed immediately.

The Tamilnadu government had in June last announced a ban on plastic items, including non-biodegradable bags, from January 2019 in the interest of the environment and to “gift a plastic-free” state to future generations.