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Parties panned for green snub

Political parties, including Trinamul and the CPM, drew flak from environment activists on Friday for ignoring green concerns in their Lok Sabha poll campaign.

“The Left Front has come up with a campaign booklet that does not have any reference to environment issues. Trinamul’s manifesto just has a superficial mention,” said Naba Dutta, the convenor of Sabuj Mancha, a platform of green organisations and activists in the state.

“Candidates of all parties have one thing in common… they do no utter anything on environmental issues despite topics like vehicular pollution making headlines,” said Biswajit Mukherjee, former chief law officer of the state pollution control board.

“Environment is neglected almost by design,” said activist Subhas Datta.

After analysing the manifestos of all major political parties, Sabuj Mancha on Friday released a list of “deliverable demands” (see chart) for the next government at the Centre and the existing one in the state.

The demands include strengthening laws on environment, making the pollution control board an independent entity like the Election Commission.

The NGO also pointed out flaws in political proposals on inter-linking of rivers and nuclear power.