Yechury : CPI(M) slams AOL for ‘dodging’ NGT orders

Friday, Mar 11, 2016,14:56 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Slamming Art of Living Foundation for dodging NGT orders with sheer brazenness, CPI(M) today said it doesn’t augur well for the country even as it accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of patronising the outfit. The sheer brazenness with which Art of Living, patronised by Prime Minister himself, is dodging NGT orders doesn’t augur well for the Indian Republic, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.

Accusing Union ministers of backing AOL, Yechury also sought to know from the government if such misuse of state machinery by the foundation will continue under direct gaze of the Centre. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had on Wednesday asked AOL to pay Rs 5 crore as environmental compensation while clearing decks for its three-day cultural extravaganza ‘World Culture Festival’ on the floodplains of Yamuna.

Environmentalists have alleged that the preparations for the event have destroyed ecology of the Yamuna floodplains. AOL’s founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, however, yesterday said he would rather go to jail than pay the compensation.