Sat, 17 Sep 2022 03:37 PM IST
Congress on Saturday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reintroduction of Cheetahs in India a 'Tamasha', orchestrated just to divert citizens from more pressing national issues and the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'. This Congress statement came after PM Modi on the occasion of his 72nd birthday released Cheetahs flown in from Namibia to Konu national park in Madhya Pradesh.
Congress general secretary and in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh also alleged that the prime minister "hardly ever acknowledges continuity in governance" and the Cheetah project was the latest example of that.
"PM hardly ever acknowledges continuity in governance. Cheetah project going back to my visit to Capetown on 25.04.2010 is the latest example," Mr Ramesh, who was the Environment and Forest minister during 2009-11, said in a tweet.
"The tamasha orchestrated by PM today is unwarranted and is yet another diversion from pressing national issues and Bharat Jodo Yatra," he said.
When tigers were first translocated to Panna and Sariska during 2009-11, there were many prophets of doom, Mr Ramesh said, adding that they were proved wrong.
"Similar predictions are being made on the Cheetah project. The professionals involved are first-rate and I wish the project the very best!" he said.
Earlier today, PM Modi released cheetahs flown in from Namibia into a special enclosure at a National Park, where he also clicked some pictures of the cheetahs on a professional camera after releasing them.
Meanwhile, eight cheetahs were brought to Gwalior from Namibia in a special plane on Saturday morning as part of the cheetah reintroduction programme. The animals were later flown to the KNP, located in Sheopur district, in two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters and then released into the wild.