Bhopal: At a time when Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has been criticised for making giving high-ranking political portfolios to sadhus and sanyasis, cabinet minister Akhileshwaranand has said that the state government must constitute a cow ministry to better take care of the animal.
Chairman of the Cow Protection Board, Akhileshwaranand was promoted to cabinet rank last week. At the time, he had said that he deserved the promotion because of the position he held in Madhya Pradesh Cow Protection Board (MPCPB). Now, Akhileshwaranand has highlighted what cows in the state deserve. "I request the Madhya Pradesh govt to constitute a cow ministry. The CM himself is a farmer & people like me will help him in this. I am getting full support from the public," he told news agency ANI.
Not surprisingly, Twitter quickly came up with sharp reactions to the demand and underlined the need to address more urgent problems in the state.
— Rupsas Gujun (@GujunRupsas) June 20, 2018
Sir feed cows it’s good for them. Provide shelter and create employment .many people don’t bother cows until they wanna blame somebody.why can’t you people act or is it just a talk.
— Mithilesh Korrapati (@mithileshchowd1) June 20, 2018
I hope that they will be sane enough not to have a minister for cows. Why not use the same energy and work for the betterment of the society rather than waste tax payers money?
— Darshan Suvarna (@darshansuvarna) June 20, 2018
In recent past, there have been other voices in support of having a cow ministry as well. In August of 2017, Hindustan Times reported that VHP wants a cow ministry at the Centre and in states. Back in 2013, BJP's manifesto for Rajasthan had promised a cow ministry as well.