Maybe someone called up NGT to clear Sri Sri event: Cong leader Jairam Ramesh

The NGT had last week imposed an initial fine of Rs 5 crore on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s AOL for the damage being caused to the floodplains, but had allowed its World Culture Festival to go on as “fait accompli”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 3:10 pm
Land acquisition ordinance, bjp land bill, Narendra Modi, Congress, Jairam Ramesh, Narendra Modi, Venkaiah Naidu, BJP government, Nitin Gadkari, land reforms bill, land Acquisition Bill, Venkaiah Naidu, BJP government, land acquisition law, land acquisition bill, land bill, BJP land reforms, modi land land bill, NDA government, india news, nation news Jairam Ramesh said PM Narendra Modi is behaving like Duryodhan of Mahabharat and ready to sacrifice interest of farmers and tribals to appease the corporates.

Calling the recently-concluded event of Art of Living (AOL) Foundation on the floodplains of Yamuna river a “blatant, and complete violation” of laws, former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday wondered whether some “higher-ups” had made phone calls to the National Green Tribunal, which had allowed the event to go on.

“These days the communication technology is such that one cannot say I did not get your call… Maybe someone… I don’t know… higher-ups… it is possible… made phone calls to the NGT,” said Ramesh, after delivering the B G Verghese Lecture.

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The NGT had last week imposed an initial fine of Rs 5 crore on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s AOL for the damage being caused to the floodplains, but had allowed its World Culture Festival to go on as “fait accompli”. The NGT had ruled that the AOL would have to pay for the restoration of the Yamuna, the cost of which would be determined by an expert panel.

Ramesh said the Narendra Modi government had been ignoring environmental concerns in its pursuit to achieve economic growth. He claimed that the RSS was much more positive on environment.

“The RSS and the Prime Minister have very divergent lines on the issue of environment protection. The RSS does not want any dams on Ganga, but Mr Modi does. The RSS is very circumspect about genetically modified food, but Mr Modi is not. RSS wants strict enforcement of (laws related to) tribal rights and forest rights but Mr Modi does not,” he said.

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    MyTake
    Mar 18, 2016 at 12:05 am
    Every country gives birth to rascals and probably in same proportion but unlike India they don't have much voice elsewhere to derail the course of history!
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      MyTake
      Mar 18, 2016 at 12:16 am
      Govt. can probably initiate steps to study environmental impact in making the AOL function site a future bio-diverse world culture park/centre with required amenities/facilities and probably with an on site debris processing plant to make it a site capable of holding large scale function of similar nature. A permanent and g scale community function centre (open air) could be very much helpful to people's cause. Current mafias can't get people of this numbers does not mean everyone has to agree to them not to hold such event! Rent collected out of such facilities can go toward its maintenance that will naturally create some jobs for the local.
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        MyTake
        Mar 18, 2016 at 12:21 am
        Mr. Ramesh talking about environment and bleeding hearts of all Congress men/women, by nature you should have been living in caves in Himalayas! How come most of you are richest politician? Where is the link of what you are saying and what you are doing? Even those who supports you from outside/inside from time to time are no less rich! Where the money comes from? Is it from the environment?
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          MyTake
          Mar 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm
          People who belongs to those enies who violates law and steal people's money are talking about violation of Law! Satanic preaching!
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            MyTake
            Mar 18, 2016 at 12:02 am
            Wonder why I could not see any of the sickulars on the stage that the world looking forward to for a positive outcome in the name of real peace! Can one really expect a Taliban supporter to express solidarity with people for world peace!
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              Dinga
              Mar 18, 2016 at 5:06 am
              How did you know sir, "someone called up NGT"? Talking from experience? Such things were rampant on your times, sir. But, time has changed. Not happening in the new govt.
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                Dr. Sonali
                Mar 17, 2016 at 11:49 pm
                Mr Jairam Ramesh, we, your friends and the country expected a lot from you. BUT, you turned out to be just another barking-dog of the family.
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                  pandit
                  Mar 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                  Yes,may be from higher up Prabhu Shri Ram and Shri Krishna called .Mr Jairam can not be SHUT UP , competing Lalloo and Pappoo.
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                    Hermant
                    Mar 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                    Actually one should come out with the what damage is done to at the bank Yamuna???!!!! False propaa is being made to defame Hinduism.
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                      Kay
                      Mar 18, 2016 at 2:22 am
                      Hon Justice Swatanter Kumar said Sri Sri Ravishamkar denying to pay 5crore Rupees, is not respecting the La. But Sri Sri Ravi Shanker say he will goto jail but not pay the fine-this is his A o l arrogance? The stature personality of Sri Sri Ravi Shamkar- this does not say good bout you. Sir, you decide.
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                        Sayandeep
                        Mar 18, 2016 at 4:18 am
                        Ramesh was a failure as a minister just like the rest of UPA. Now he has no other work but to babble. Still not able to digest PM Modi even after 2 years. NGT must sue this moron...
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                          madan gupta
                          Mar 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm
                          इसे उसका नाम बताते क्यों शर्म आती है, इस के बाप ने कहा था.
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                            m
                            Mar 18, 2016 at 11:56 am
                            NGT is Indian ?? so why not start taking up projects (pre- guidelines rather then post mortem ) to help such events rather than impose fine and create international embarrment
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                              M. Chandrasekaran
                              Mar 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                              Experience speaks Mr. Ramesh. How many such phone calls made during NDA regime, though from Ministers but from the Remote Controls!
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                                Seema Hareesh
                                Mar 18, 2016 at 8:47 am
                                Now we are sure that (no "May be" here) someone called up NGT to do all what is needed to stop Sri Sri event :). After all that is how UPA govt was, as per this statement from a failed minister.
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                                  Prabal Gupta
                                  Mar 18, 2016 at 5:21 am
                                  Perhaps he thinks the functioning of present Government is same as his Govt. used to function.. Chidambaram interfered with IB report on Ishrat.. Ashwani Kumar interfered with CBI report on Coalgate.. etc. etc. So he thinks somebody called NGT.. bcoz it was all so common in his times.
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                                    ramarao
                                    Mar 18, 2016 at 12:10 am
                                    Good to see your comments.You were a minister for quite long. Were you doing like as quoted i e making calls
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                                      Ramesh Athavale
                                      Mar 18, 2016 at 1:16 am
                                      NGT should initiate contempt proceedings against Jairam Ramesh.
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                                        anil kumar
                                        Mar 18, 2016 at 10:39 am
                                        From a party who has the culture of influencing law enforcing officers to change affidavits to transform Terrorists to "innocent victims" ...this is not surprising at all. They think every govt does it like them!!
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                                          Satavahana
                                          Mar 17, 2016 at 11:39 pm
                                          The damage to the country by CON party for the last 60 years is a lot more than what anyone else can do. Mother India is weeping watching her children steeped in corruption and ethical and moral degradation. If Jayram Ramesh is sincere, he should reform his political party first.
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                                            vasanjs
                                            Mar 18, 2016 at 1:46 am
                                            So is Mr. Ramesh coming round to the view, that the Modi government does not function as dictated by the RSS? If so, this will be a first admission from a Congress party lackey like Ramesh. As is his astounding allegation, that a statutory tribunal headed by a retired Supreme Court judge was influenced by a phone call from unknown persons. I am not sure, if this tribunal is judicial in nature, in which Ramesh's statement amounts to contempt. Ramesh is a root cause of lack of economic development in India, as he blocked every investment proposal on spurious environmental grounds.
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