Cheetah release ‘tamasha’ orchestrated by PM to avoid national issues: Congress

Congress on Saturday called the release of cheetahs by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “tamasha” and a diversionary tactic.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who was the environment minister in the UPA government, said PM Modi hardly ever acknowledges continuity in governance.

“Cheetah project going back to my visit to Capetown on 25.04.2010 is the latest example. The tamasha orchestrated by PM today is unwarranted and is yet another diversion from pressing national issues and Bharat Jodo Yatra,” Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

But as he has been part of the project, Ramesh wished the very best to the project and said there is no need for apprehension over the project as professionals involved are first-rate.

He said: “When tigers were first translocated to Panna and Sariska during 2009-11, there were many prophets of doom. 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!”

Earlier on Friday, the Congress posted a photo of then environment minister Jairam Ramesh with a cheetah in South Africa in 2010 and said that the proposal of Project Cheetah was prepared in 2008-09. The project was approved by the Manmohan Singh government. In 2013, the Supreme Court stayed the project and allowed it only in 2020.