NEW DELHI, Sep. 18, 2022 (TBINN) Congress’ leader Jairam Ramesh today shared a letter, which, he said, initiated Project Cheetah in 2009 and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being a pathological liar for criticising previous governments of not making constructive efforts to reintroduce the big cat in India.
Prime Minister Modi on Saturday hit out at the previous governments, saying no constructive efforts were made to reintroduce cheetahs in India after they became extinct from the country seven decades ago.
Modi made the remarks after releasing three of the eight cheetahs flown in from Namibia into special enclosures in the Kuno National Park in the Sheopur District of Madhya Pradesh.
This was the letter that launched Project Cheetah in 2009. Our P.M. is a pathological liar. I couldn’t lay my hands on this letter yesterday because of my preoccupation with the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Ramesh said.
Jairam Ramesh shared the letter he, as then minister for Environment and Forests, had written to M.K. Ranjit Sinh of the Wildlife Trust of India in 2009.
In the letter, Ramesh asked Ranjit Sinh to prepare a road-map for the re-introduction of Cheetah and include a detailed analysis of different potential sites. There was no immediate reaction from the Bhartiya Janta Party on Jairam Ramesh’s remarks.