Azam Khan expresses gratitude to Shankaracharya for gifting cow

 Uttar Pradesh Minority Welfare and Urban Development Minister Azam Khan on Monday thanked Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj for gifting him a cow and said that those who have harmed an 'innocent and useful animal' like cow are sinners.

ANI| Updated: Oct 27, 2015, 03:50 AM IST

Rampur: Uttar Pradesh Minority Welfare and Urban Development Minister Azam Khan on Monday thanked Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj for gifting him a cow and said that those who have harmed an 'innocent and useful animal' like cow are sinners.

"Govardhanpuri peethadeeshwar Adhokshjanand Maharaj, i know him well, we have met on several occasion like Mahakumbh and other events. He has presented me a cow, knowing that communal forces can question me over this," Khan told ANI.

"They have shown love by sending such a present, and we will reply to love with love," he added.

He said that cow is a useful animal, adding that its meat is being made a 'political issue'.

"A cow is an innocent animal, it is useful, it gives us milk. Even our scriptures say that cow-meat is harmful and cow milk is very useful. Why is it being a political issue, an election issue. Whoever has harmed a innocent and useful animal like cow, are sinners both here and on heaven," he added.