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Congs backs Ramesh in BT brinjal row with Pawar

Jan 22, 2010 08:18 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance Government is split over genetically modified brinjal or BT brinjal.

Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that he finds opposition to BT brinjal among most farmers and scientists he has spoken to and that will impact his decision.

Ramesh's statements are in direct conflict with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's view.

The Agriclture Minister says the committee on transgenic foods has given its approval and no one else can interfere with its decision.

But the Congress appears to be backing Ramesh on the issue.

In a bid to play down the spat between Pawar and Ramesh, Congress spokesperson and MP Manish Tewari said that his party is not attacking Pawar, but they are just concerned with the issue of rising prices.

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