As the controversial three-day cultural extravaganza starting Friday drew criticism, another opposition party JD(U) gave a notice in Rajya Sabha to raise the issue of environmental degradation.
"The last few days have been an eye-opener. The first shocker was the distressing news that the Defence Ministry had asked Indian Army Jawans to build (pontoon) bridges for a private event on the banks of the Yamuna.
"Is this the job of the Jawan? Is this the respect that Modi Government gives to our Jawans? What is the justification of using the army as contract labourers?", the AICC said in a commentary.

Noting that India’s Jawans lay down their lives for the honour of the great nation, it said it is "shameful" that the Modi Government asked one of the world's largest and the bravest armies, to do the "bidding" of a private organisation. "Is this your Nationalism, Mr Prime Minister?", the party
asked in the commentary posted on its website.



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