While former union minister Jairam Ramesh was reminiscing on Twitter about his efforts to reintroduce the big cat in India when he was Environment and Forest Minister, senior Congress leader and former union minister Veerappa Moily held him responsible for the “policy paralysis” during the UPA-II government.
The attack on Ramesh comes days after the Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka batted for PM Modi and chided the opposition for ‘demonising him all the time’. Moily, who lost the Lok Sabha polls from Chikkaballapur, went all out against Ramesh accusing him of “compromising himself.” “He was responsible for the policy paralysis of our government (UPA-II),” Moily told a news agency.
“He (Ramesh) was also responsible for compromising the principles of governance many a time. He was Environment Minister and also minister in charge of Rural Development. A lot of hardship was created for industrialists in acquiring land and establishing industries. (When he was Environment Minister), everything was negative and no system was evolved to clear it (clearance for projects)”, Moily alleged.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who had backed Ramesh, was also not spared by Moily. “He is often fond of giving statements and finding his place in the press. That is all. I don’t think his (Tharoor’s) statement could be taken that seriously. He has to become a serious politician,” Moily remarked, lashing out at Tharoor.