Pashu Sandesh, 04 October 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to face Boycott in Gujarat at a function by 6 AMUL directors on Sunday the 30th September. The prime minister inaugurated a 5 million tonne per annum capacity liquefied natural gas terminal at Mundra and a chocolate factory of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd in Anand. This much publicised event was marred by the controversy as 6 AMUL directors chose to boycott the event.
Amul Dairy’s Vice Chairman Rajendersinh Parmar and 5 other directors all having the backing of Congress party were absent from the function. “I did not go for the event, along with five other directors, including Dhirubhai Chavda, Juvansinh Chauhan, Rajusinh Parmar, Neetaben Solanki, Chandubhai Parmar. I told the chairman and the managing director that I have no objection to the Prime Minister’s visit. But it should not be political function… At the function, they ended up patting their own backs. Amul did not gain anything from the event,” Rajendrasinh, who is a Congress MLA from Borsad Assembly was quoted by Indian Express.
Rajendersinh also said that the BJP had hijacked the event and put up posters and party flags across the city. He said that the invitation card only had names of BJP leaders and leaders from only one party were present on stage. He alleged that nearly Rs 10-15 crore of ‘farmer’s money’ was spent to hold the event. However Chairman Ramsinh Parmar who recently has joined BJP along with other directors was seen prominently at the function.
A report by PTI said that Modi also launched an Rs 1.44 crore solar cooperative society of Mujkuwa village constructed with the help of Anand-based National Dairy Development Board, and laid the foundation stone of Amul’s milk processing, packaging and butter-making plants.
PM Modi praised the AMUL and said that the Amul as a brand is admired and respected in India and abroad and the brand is synonymous with quality and has empowered several people associated with it.