‘Propose Greta’s name for child bravery award’: Meenakshi Lekhi on toolkit row
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Meenakshi Lekhi took a jibe at Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg and said that she proposes Greta’s name for child bravery award as the 18-year-old activist has done a “huge” service to the country by uploading the toolkit. According to Lekhi the toolkit proves the conspiracy being hatched to destabilise India.
On Wednesday, Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg took to twitter and extended her support to the ongoing farmers’ protests. She also shared a toolkit on social media for the farmer protests in India. Her tweet came right after American pop singer Rihanna tweeted a CNN article on farmers’ protest and partial internet suspension. Greta’s tweet had a document, which had Rihanna’s name mentioned. This indicated that the widespread campaign may have been planned much before January 26.
Ms. Lekhi told reporters, “Greta Thunberg’s tweet is evidence that the conspiracy we had always suspected is still going on.”
Greta, however, deleted the link and tweeted a fresh link of an action document which too lists similar actions but it does not mention any name.
BJP MP said that the document posted earlier by Greta made it very clear that there have been elaborate plans to “destabilise” India since January 1.
Lekhi also questioned why a climate activist was supporting the farmers who are responsible for stubble burning. The senior BJP leader said, “The Nobel Prize is given for good practices, for protecting the environment. But here are people, who practice stubble burning, pollute the environment, misuse water… how can Greta Thunberg stand with them.”
Taking a swipe at Greta’s Nobel nomination, Lekhi said, “Greta Thunberg is a child. Had it been in my hands, I would have given her an award meant for children (Bal Puraskar) and removed her name from the Nobel nominee list”.
The international support is being strongly criticised as an international conspiracy to attack India’s democracy. The document shared by Greta, proved that getting international figures to tweet for farmers’ protest is a “bigger” plan.
The ministry of external affairs linked the protest to the recent desecration of Gandhi statues at various places in the world. MEA said that both are attempts to hurt India’s democracy.
Though, Delhi Police have filed an FIR against the creators of the toolkit for criminal conspiracy, but Greta seems firm on her stand for farmers. She again tweeted on Thursday and reiterated her support. She wrote, “No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that.”