On Sunday, top Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of hypocrisy and alleged that while he had weakened all environmental and forestry laws in India, he was posing as an eco-champion on the World Scene.
Ramesh, himself a former environment minister, said this as the prime minister is set to launch the ‘LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment)’ initiative on World Environment Day. ‘environment.
“Today is World Environment Day, celebrated since 1973. Vishguru launches LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment). This is maximum hypocrisy, as it weakens all environmental and forestry laws, regulations and institutions at home, while posing as an eco-champion on the world stage!” wrote the former Union minister on Twitter.
Congress Spokesman Pawan Khera also denounced the Prime Minister, saying his “understanding of climate change came through when he loudly proclaimed: ‘There is no climate change but only’ our tolerance and our habits have changed”.
In a tweet on Saturday, Modi said: “Tomorrow June 5 is marked as #WorldEnvironmentDay. At 6 p.m., the worldwide LiFE movement will be launched. This movement aims to encourage practices that promote sustainable living and development that respects the environment.
Earlier, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted on World Environment Day, saying, “We have #OnlyOneEarth. Today and every day, celebrate, protect and help restore our planet.”
AICC Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said: “The terribly hot winds this year 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 must understand our responsibility to nature as a priority,” she said in a Hindi tweet.