Mahila Congress Holds Save the Tree Campaign in Delhi

Mahila Congress Holds Save the Tree Campaign in Delhi
Mahila Congress Holds Save the Tree Campaign in Delhi

Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress, under the leadership of its president Sharmistha Mukherjee, held Tuesday a “Save the Tree Campaign” near Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi.

The protest, according to Congress, was against the move of the BJP Government at the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government in Delhi to fell a large number of trees, numbering nearly 16500, for the construction of government flats in the Sarojini Nagar-Nauroji Nagar area of Delhi.

“Both the BJP and AAP governments are insensitive towards the deteriorating ecology and alarming rise in the pollution levels in Delhi,” said Sharmistha Mukherjee.

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Although chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP has maintained that it is trying to stop the cutting of trees, Congress alleges that the decision was taken by BJP’s LG Anil Baijal and Kejriwal’s environment minister.

“The signatures on the files clearly indicate that LG and the environment minister in Kejriwal government, signed on the ‘Death Warrant’ of trees in Naroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar,” said Ajay Maken, president of Delhi Congress. “Now, both are indulging in blame game just to divert attention.”

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“Ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre and the AAP in Delhi, the green cover of Delhi has been fast depleting due to the reckless felling of trees, without any concern for Delhi’s environment,” Sharmistha Mukherjee added.

As part of their protest, Sharmistha Mukherjee and other women Congress workers tied protection bands around the trees having slogans such as “Ped bachaneko haath badhai, aao milker Dilli bachaye.”

“Delhi being the Capital of the country, many international conferences are held in which foreign dignitaries of repute participate, but if Delhi is shorn of all the tree cover to make it a bald city, then foreign visitors and tourists will stop coming to Delhi,” warned Sharmistha Mukherjee.

Photo courtesy: Mahila Congress

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