The Congress on Tuesday said the Art of Living’s world culture festival was a “slap on the face of environmental laws”.
Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said the ‘NGO’ responsible for organising the event did not consider the loss to environment the festival might cause. “Yamuna banks will be destroyed. Yamuna will get more polluted. But nobody is listening,” said Dikshit.
”Unfortunately, the DDA, Delhi Police, Delhi government supported it because it’s a programme with religion involved. The environment is always sacrificed at the altar of religion and populism,” he said.
Another Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala used #srisrifight to criticise the deployment of Indian Army for construction of the pontoon bridge across Yamuna as an access pathway to the event venue.
Surjewala tweeted: “#srisrifight Unfair to use Indian Army to build pontoon bridge for event. Allegation of environmental degradation galore. Good Governance?”
He also asked PM Modi to not attend the event amid controversies, and suggested the PM should “follow President of India”. President Mukherjee has already pulled out of the event, while the Special Protection Group has deemed the event unsafe and has recommended that the PM not attend.
Surjewala further tweeted: “We respect Sri Sri Ravishankarji. Pl put ‘art of living environment’ above event by ‘art of living foundation’.”
He asked for the event be put on hold till a decision comes from the National Green Tribunal.
(With inputs from ANI)