New Delhi, Mar 9: Union Water and Resources minister Uma Bharti has come out in support of Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over the ongoing controversy relating to the World Culture Festival.
Bharti speaking to reporters said: "I'm totally with Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji & wish all success to his event. Rest has to be taken care of by NGT."
Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji and his followers are committed to environment; I’m sure no damage will be done: Uma Bharti pic.twitter.com/XOk3FXryZ0— ANI (@ANI_news) March 9, 2016
Speaking on the ongoing controversy on whether permission was granted or not for the event, Bharti clarified: "Our Ministry has no role in granting or not granting permission."
Supporting Ravi Shankar over the event Bharti said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankarj and his followers are committed to environment. "I'm sure no damage will be done. I am of the personal view that his (Sri Sri Ravishankar) programme will draw attention towards Yamuna's plight there," Bharti said.
I'm sure no damage will be done, says Uma Bharti over Ravi Shankar's event
Meanwhile, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday, Mar 9 appealed to all parties to not politicise the cultural event that is meant to unite all cultures, nations and religions.
Ravi Shankar's statement comes after the issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday questioning the government.
Opposition members questioned the involvement of army personnel in the perparations of the event.