BJP Minister Pijush Hazarika tries to justify CM and Sadhguru’s night safari, netizens disagree
Guwahati: After the FIRs against Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sadhguru during their night safari in Kaziranga National Park, several BJP members attempted to justify the act.
One such attempt was seen by PWD Minister Pijush Hazarika who reportedly shared an itinerary from a tour program of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
The minister had tried to claim that just like Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sadhguru, Tarun Gogoi had also visited the park after hours.
However, while the controversy was related to the fact that the CM and Sadhguru were on a night safari in the park, Pijush Hazarika did not show such evidence.
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The schedule shared by the minister himself indicates that the former CM who died in 2020 had only been to a guest house inside the park and that too around 4 p.m. during the visiting season.
There was no evidence of the former CM taking a night safari was found in the itinerary shared by the minister.
In the tweet, Pijush Hazarika said, “Respected journalists. Take a look at this visit schedule of CM Tarun Gogoi in March 2008. The then CM had arrived at the Arimora Forest Guesthouse at 4 p.m., about 13 km inside the park Kaziranga National Park and located in the heart of the park and remained there. overnight.”
Netizens, however, criticized him for trying to justify the incident.
One user wrote, “I can see he was in a guest house, attending a cultural show and not going on a night wildlife safari with any babaji.”
Another wrote: “There is a difference between spending the night in a nursing home and going on safari with all your entourage, accompanied by journalists, allowing a guest to drive the jeep, using flash photography for a Photo shoot. And it’s worth laughing that you had to dig that up.
Another user said: “I pursued the document but couldn’t find ‘night safari’ in the itinerary. This is not an acceptable excuse for parity or counter-explanation. Persuaded the audience response & disappointment is clear. The BJP will be removed from power in the next elections to restore equality! »
Just like them, many even asked Pijush Hazarika if he was trying to justify the act of the current chief minister because the former was in the park after hours.
It can be mentioned that several FIRs have been filed against spiritual leader Sadhguru and Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma for alleged violation of jeep safari rules in Kaziranga National Park.
Sadhguru, who arrived in Kaziranga to inaugurate the three-day Chintan Shivir organized by the government of Assam, led a jeep safari from Mihimukh on Saturday night.
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The spiritual guru took part in the night safari in the central range of the national park with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarama, Minister of Tourism Jayanta Malla Baruah and senior officials from the park and forest department.
According to sources, as per protocol, Safari is not allowed inside the park after sunset as it causes trouble for wildlife.
According to the Kaziranga National Park website, the jeep and elephant safari takes place in the park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. only.
A KNP official said on condition of anonymity that no one except park officials and staff are allowed to enter the park after 5 p.m.
Expressing serious concern, wildlife activist Mubina Akhtar accused Sadhguru of violating the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
“This is a brazen violation of wildlife conservation protocol. Sadhguru claimed to be a conservationist, doesn’t he have a basic idea of wildlife conservation standards? Akhtar told Northeast Now .
It can be mentioned that in July this year, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) requested the government of Madhya Pradesh to end night game drives in the state’s tiger reserves as it interferes with wildlife.
The NTCA, in a letter to the state forest department, said night safari is causing noise in the wildlife sanctuary.
“The animals are awakened by vehicle lights. These stress the animals because they are used to natural light,” the NCTA said.
Himanta Biswa Sarma had, however, claimed that he and spiritual guru Sadhguru broke no laws by going on a night safari in Kaziranga National Park late on Saturday night.
“There were no violations (of the Wildlife Protection Act). The wildlife warden is authorized to allow anyone to enter the park even during night hours,” said CM Sarma.