Venkaiah Naidu backs Sri Sri’s ‘World Cultural Festival’

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu took to twitter to  support world cultural festival being organised by Art of Living on Yamuna flood plains and dismissed controversies surrounding the event, saying it should not be politicised.In a series of tweets, Naidu said it is an event to celebrate cultural diversity and “will bring glory to India”.

In a series of tweets, Naidu said it is an event to celebrate cultural diversity and “will bring glory to India”.

The Urban Development questioned the criticism over army building pontoon bridges for the event, saying there have been instances when the army has helped out during major congregations like Kumbh under previous governments.

“Unnecessary fuss abt army building pontoon bridge.

In earlier regimes, several instances like Kumbh Mela,Sankranti in Nashik, Army did the same,” Naidu said on Twitter.

He noted that 36,000 artistes participating in one event is in itself a record.

“It’s a cultural event to celebrate diversity. Let’s celebrate and join d festival,” he tweeted.

“World Culture Festival by Art of Living will bring glory to India.

Let’s not politicise this,” he said in another tweet.The NGT had on Wednesday imposed an initial fine of Rs.5 crore on AoL headed by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and said it should be held liable for restoration of “damage caused to environment, ecology, biodiversity and aquatic life of the river”.

“The Art of Living has not got the permission from the department of Water resources, Delhi Police, department of fire control and safety for the event. We will move the application in the tribunal regarding the safety of the stage and the venue tomorrow (Friday) morning if required,” Sanjay Parikh told reporters after the hearing.

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