Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of hypocrisy and alleged that while he has weakened all environmental and forest laws in India, he is posing as an eco-champion on the world stage.
Ramesh, a former environment minister himself, said this as the prime minister is set to launch the "LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment)" initiative on World Environment Day.
"Today is World Environment Day, celebrated since 1973. Vishguru is launching LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment). This is maximum hypocrisy, since he's weakening all environmental and forest laws, regulations and institutions at home, while posing to be an eco-champion on world stage!" the former Union minister wrote on Twitter.
Today is World Environment Day, celebrated since 1973. Vishguru is launching LiFE (Lifestyle For Environment). This is Maximum Hypocrisy, since he’s weakening all environmental & forest laws, regulations & institutions at home, while posing to be an eco-champion on world stage!— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) June 5, 2022
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera also hit out at the prime minister, saying "his understanding of climate change came out clearly when he loudly proclaimed, 'There is no climate change but only 'our tolerance and habits' have changed".
In a tweet on Saturday, Modi said, "Tomorrow, 5th June is marked as #WorldEnvironmentDay. At 6 PM, the LiFE global movement will be launched. This movement seeks to encourage practices that further sustainable living and environmentally friendly development."
Tomorrow, 5th June is marked as #WorldEnvironmentDay. At 6 PM, the LiFE global movement will be launched. This movement seeks to encourage practices that further sustainable living and environmentally friendly development. https://t.co/0Uqipvn9Xl— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2022
Earlier, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted on World Environment Day, saying, "We have #OnlyOneEarth. Today and everyday, celebrate, protect and help restore our planet."
AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "This year's terrifyingly hot winds are an example of how climate change is affecting our lives. Farmers, fishermen suffered due to these hot winds and life was badly affected."
"Therefore, we have to understand our responsibility towards nature as a priority," she said in a tweet in Hindi.
जलवायु परिवर्तन हमारी जिंदगी को किस तरह प्रभावित कर रहा है: इसका एक उदाहरण इस साल की भयानक गर्म हवाएं थीं। इन गर्म हवाओं से किसानों, मछुआरों का नुकसान हुआ, जन-जीवन बुरी तरह प्रभावित हुआ— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) June 5, 2022
इसलिए, बतौर प्राथमिकता प्रकृति के प्रति हमें अपनी जिम्मेदारी समझनी होगी
(with inputs from PTI)