A day after President Pranab Mukherjee turned down the invitation to attend Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s controversial Art of Living event, it has been learnt that now Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to say no to it.
According to sources, the Prime Minister may refuse to attend the event following security concerns sited by the Special Protection Group (SPG).
Modi was to inaugurate the controversial three-day event on Friday planned on the flood plains of river Yamuna, raising environmental concerns.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Tuesday attacked Modi over the use of Army soldiers to build bridges for a private event on Yamuna floodplains. Calling it shameful, the Congress asked is this “his type of nationalism and patriotism”.
According to sources, agencies are concerned about PM’s visit to the venue, fearing a major stampede because of poor evacuation plan. Furthermore, the sources say that the river bed is not safe to accommodate a large gathering and only two pontoon bridges are placed instead of seven that were proposed.