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Cong MP takes dig at ministers’ suggestion of eating carrots to check pollution impact

Cong MP takes dig at ministers’ suggestion of eating carrots to check pollution impact
Congress MP from Punjab Pratap Singh Bajwa speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. RSTV/PTI Photo

New Delhi, November 21

“They are asking us to eat carrots. Are we goats,” was the query of a Congress member in Rajya Sabha on Thursday as he took a dig at Union minister Harsh Vardhan for suggesting that consuming this root vegetable can help check the effects of air pollution.

Participating in a discussion on pollution, Pratap Singh Bajwa said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan recently tweeted that people should eat carrots for protection from pollution related harm to health.

“They are asking us to eat carrots. Are we goats,” he asked the minister, who was present in the Upper House.

Bajwa also referred to a recent tweet by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar that people should start their day by listening music.

“He knows that people’s lungs are stuck now, throat is choked and eyes are not responding as tears are coming out. We are already facing the music,” he said, adding “is this the way the government is tackling the pollution”. “One is asking us to eat carrot. We are being considered as animals. Another is saying to listen music. Has any one opened a music academy,” said Bajwa sarcastically.

He said rising air pollution in Delhi is a serious concern and a recent Green Peace report said that out of 30 most polluted cities, 22 are in India. — PTI

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