I didn’t call the army: Kejriwal

Blames Modi for the decision, but Delhi CM sees nothing wrong in AoL's Yamuna fest

GN Bureau | March 11, 2016


#NGT   #Yamuna   #environment   #Army   #Delhi   #World Culture Festival   #Art of Living   #Narendra Modi   #Sri Sri Ravishankar   #Arvind Kejriwal  


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said his government was not responsible for calling the army for making pontoon bridges over the Yamuna river for the World Culture Festival of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living [AOL] Foudnation.

Speaking to the members of the Indian women’s press corps [IWPC] on Thursday, Kejriwal said his government had merely told the centre that more bridges were required on the Yamuna to cater to the expected rush of visitors for the event. “They sent in the army.”

He said the deployment of the army for a private function was a wrong decision taken by the Narendra Modi government.

Kejriwal however said while the WCF should have been held in a more eco-friendly venue, once cleared by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), he found no need to oppose it. “It’s a big opportunity for tourism of Delhi; participants from 155 countries are coming; 172 lawmakers from other countries are participating.”

Kejriwal is attending the festival too.

He said once the NGT had given a go-ahead to the festival, it was the responsibility of all the governmental departments to make it successful.
He however said the AOL should be made to pay for all the facilities it has been provided by the government for the event. “This is the basic principle of the PPP [public-private partnership]."
 

Comments

 

Other News

Taming turbulence in Indian aviation

The booming Indian aviation industry, among the fastest growing sectors in the world, is projected to be valued at $40 billion by 2027. But, despite robust demand for air travel across the country, more than 50 airlines have closed down in the last decade in India and most private airlines have closed with

PM Modi leaves for G7 Summit in Italy

In his first foreign visit after taking oath of office for the third time, prime minister Narendra Modi Thursday evening left for Italy to participate in the G7 Outreach Summit. “At the invitation of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, I am travelling to Apulia region in Italy to participat

Some market talk, some gossip – learnings over tea at RBI

A Fly on the RBI Wall: An Insider’s View of the Central Bank By Alpana Killawala Rupa Publications, 248 pages, Rs 595  

Coalition politics not expected to impact India’s foreign policy

Prime minister Narendra Modi has strived incessantly to bring laurels and much needed recognition for the nation since May 2014 when he was sworn in as the head of state. The poser which can be deliberated upon is this: What will be the consequential impact of the new era of coalition politics which confro

New govt`s first decision pushes for farmer welfare

The BJP-led NDA government has started its term with its first decision relating to farmer welfare. Narendra Modi took charge of office as prime minister of India for the third time on Monday, a day after he and his colleagues were sworn in by the president of India. In his fi

Narendra Modi takes oath for third term

Narendra Modi made history Sunday evening as he was sworn in by president Droupadi Murmu for a third successive term. Modi thus becomes the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to have comptered two full terms and beginning a third consecutive term. In the swearing-in c

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter