UP cabinet minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary on Saturday said that it was ‘ the cow, Ganga and Gita’ that has made the country a world leader. “The cow, Ganga and Gita are the identity of India. It is because of them that India became a vishwa guru (world leader),” Chaudhary, the dairy development, animal husbandry and fisheries minister of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh was quoted by a news agency as saying.
He said the present government had brought a stringent law to protect cows and prevent their slaughter. “There were a large number of cases of cow slaughter during the tenure of previous governments. But they did little to curb the crime.” He clarified that the stringent law was not targeted at a particular religion but was needed for cow protection as it is a matter of belief and health.
“Cow slaughter is a heinous crime. We had to bring this ordinance, so that cow slaughter comes to an end,” he said.