With the Lok Sabha election just a few days away in Kerala and Karnataka (second phase), Rahul Gandhi’s words has gotten him in trouble again. This time for his comment on the night traffic ban in Bandipur.
Bengaluru: Congress president Rahul Gandhi's comment on the present night traffic ban on the road that crosses through Bandipur Tiger Reserve has received adverse reactions from wildlife experts of Karnataka.
According to reports, wildlife experts were not too happy with his comments and said that the Congress president is not aware of the ongoing struggle between the two states. While addressing a rally in Wayanad on Wednesday, he said that the problems about night traffic ban would be taken into consideration. His statement, however, did not seem convincing.
For the last eight years, there has been a ban on night traffic on the highway which crosses through Bandipur. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has also provided an alternate route, which is open for travellers for 24 hours a day.
According to reports, Wildlife First trustee, Praveen Bhargav said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi might not be aware that the issue of night traffic ban is before the Supreme Court. He also urged Rahul Gandhi not to take up these issues in the more significant interest of wildlife protection. Bhargav further said that in 2008, Rahul had visited the Bandipur and Nagarhole landscapes and had expressed his support for conservation.
Meanwhile, Wayanad Prakruthi Samrakshana Samithi president N Badusha said that a notice had been submitted to Rahul Gandhi which had detailed information on the wildlife issues faced in Wayanad.
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Last Updated Apr 19, 2019, 4:00 PM IST