Mumbai: Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar defended the felling of trees for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll rally, saying it has been done earlier as well, but more trees were planted.
His remarks come a day after opposition parties alleged that some trees on the Sir Parshuram College campus in Pune were being chopped for PM Modi’s rally on October 17 that will be held on the college ground.
“Every time we cut trees, we plant more. It is a rule of the forest department,” Javadekar said. “And why is there so much fuss about cutting trees for PM Modi’s rally? Trees have been cut for rallies of others too, and for rallies of previous prime ministers. I wonder why there was no such awareness previously,” he said.
On the issue of farmer suicides, he said, “We inherited the issue from the previous (Congress-NCP) government.”