December 17, 2016 2:32:19 am
Leaders of six opposition parties on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the government’s decision to cancel licences of Greenpeace India and other NGOs under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
“The licences had been earlier renewed showing that in the normal course these NGOs had fulfilled the criteria required for registration. The decision to cancel the registration is therefore a decision motivated by the politics of vendetta, victimisation and an effort to bully them to silence,” the leaders said in their letter to Modi.
They noted that the NGOs were critical of the government’s policies while calling selective targeting abhorrent and anti-democratic. “In contrast, the Government does not investigate a single RSS-affiliated NGO who (sic) collect huge amounts of money abroad and then use it to further a hate-filled agenda.’’
Ahmed Patel (Congress), Sitaram Yechury (CPM), D Raja (CPI), Premchand Gupta (Rashtriya Janata Dal) Praful Patel, Supriya Sule (Nationalist Congress Party) and Neeraj Shekar (Samajwadi) Party) demanded that the cancellation of the licences be revoked.
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