Cow hug day: Opposition, BJP in war of words

Opposition calls cow hugging day unfortunate, BJP says they are creating chaos

NEW DELHI | Updated: 09 February, 2023 11:12 pm IST

The Animal Welfare Board of India’s notice appealing to Indians to celebrate Valentine’s Day as Cow Hug Day has understandably divided the political parties.
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While the opposition had termed the notice as unfortunate, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back, saying they were creating chaos.

Speaking to The New Indian, CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said, “Very unfortunate that cow hugging also is a program. It is very unfortunate that the government is observing cow hug day.”

“We would see if all the BJP workers of every stature hugged cows on that day. They must do as that’s the order of their leadership,” Chakraborty said.

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Reacting to the Board’s notice, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kalyan Banerjee said, “Good. They have drunk cow’s urine, now if he eats cow dung and then hugs the cow, it will only be good.”

Dismissing the opposition’s stand on the issue, the BJP said that we should celebrate the day as India treats cows as mothers.

“It may be new in India, but it is not new in Europe. Cow-hugging day was established many years ago. Why didn’t these people say anything then? Were they speechless? Now they are simply creating chaos,” BJP MP Sukanta Majumdar told The New Indian.

“The Animal Welfare Board has given some suggestions. One has the option of not following it. India treats the cow as its mother, so what’s the harm in hugging her?” he asked.

The Board has issued a notice appealing to people to celebrate February 14 as ‘Cow Hug Day’ to spread positive energy and encourage collective happiness.

“In view of the immense benefit of the cow, hugging with cow will bring emotional richness and hence will increase our individual and collective happiness,” the Board stated.

“All the cow lovers may also celebrate February 14 as Cow Hug Day, keeping in mind the importance of Mother Cow and making life happy and full of positive energy,” it stated.

Putting things into perspective, BJP MP Swami Sumedhananad Saraswati said, “It is true that our children are inclined towards western culture. It is good that children learn their technology, science but they should not leave their own culture and borrow things from others. Culture is one of the most important bases. “

“The appeal by the Board is completely justified and should be supported,” he said.

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