Greenpeace had invited Agatha Sangma
to board its ship 'Arctic Sunrise' to witness 'glacial meltdown' on August 20-26.
Greenpeace India, an inveterate critic of the government on a range of issues from GM food to Orissa's turtles, turned to the UPA's youngest Minister Agatha Sangma for its latest photo-op - but will now have to stage it without her.
On June 23, Sangma, Minister of State for Rural Development, sent her written acceptance to Greenpeace's invitation to board its ship, Arctic Sunrise, currently stationed near Greenland, and witness "glacial meltdown" between August 20-26.
Last week, however, she
acceptance after the PMO advised against it.
When contacted, Sangma
accepted the invitation because she
was "not aware of the technicalities involved."
"There has been no precedent of a minister associating himself in such a function.
The PMO showed reluctance and I went by its advice," she
told The Indian Express
said Greenpeace wanted her to speak on these issues on her return.