India, April 18 -- Politicians acknowledge environmental shortcomings but deflect responsibility to public; BJP MP advises against expecting significant action from political parties

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Ahead of the 2024 general elections, a state-level environmental platform in West Bengal has taken a proactive stance by releasing a comprehensive 32-page-long green manifesto and charter of demands.

The platform Sabuj Mancha, a conglomerate of around 50 environmental organisations and environmental activists and experts, has expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of emphasis on environmental issues in the manifestoes put forth by political parties.

The manifesto, unveiled during meetings with politicians held simultaneously ...