Honoured Rahul’s request: Jayanthi Natarajan

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Chennai: The former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan took a U-turn as she said that she received “specific requests” from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on environmental clearances. Natarajan even added that she consequently rejected big-ticket projects despite pressure from Cabinet colleagues seeking approval.

In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi in November, Natarajan said that she had become a victim of a “vicious, false and motivated” media campaign by particular, chosen individuals in the party after Rahul Gandhi shifted from his pro-environmental position to a corporate-friendly one at the height of electioneering for the Lok Sabha.

She also revealed that although she did not want, she was forced by the party to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the ‘snoopgate’ controversy.

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