Karnataka milk row: As the row over milk brands heats up in Karnataka over Amul's announcement to enter Karnataka, Congress state chief D K Shivakumar visited Nandini milk parlour on Monday in Hassan in support of the homegrown milk brand Nandini. He also claimed Nandini to be better than the Gujarat-based dairy cooperative Amul.
"We already have Nandini which is a better brand than Amul...We don't need any Amul...our water, our milk, and our soil is strong," Shivakumar told ANI.
"In Karnataka, it's a question of our farmer's rights. More than 70 lakh farmers produce milk and give it to Nandini. Gujarat's Amul is also by farmers. But it's not right to push Amul forward and Nandini back. Their (BJP) government has not provided any help to farmers. We have to save our product and our farmers," Shivakumar said.
The Congress leader said that the ruling BJP government had "raised the prices of all dairy products and they haven't done any help to farmers. In between, we are in the situation where we can't sell milk."
Meanwhile, Police detained workers of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike in Bengaluru, who protested over Amul's entry into the State.Amul had recently announced that it will sell dairy products in Bengaluru following which Opposition Congress and the JD(U) expressed their protest.
BJP hits out at Congress over claims of Nandini being top milk brand
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has hit out at the Congress for running a "misinformation campaign." State BJP general secretary Ravi Kumar stated that Nandini is on number two position in India ever since BJP came to power in Karnataka.
"Nandini is on number two position in the whole country, so in the coming days, we will also export to different countries, this is our idea. Nandini products are supplied in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Nandini's milk is also used to make laddoos in Tirupati temple," added Ravi Kumar.
BJP state general secretary Aswathnarayan said that fomer chief ministers Siddaramaiah of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) along with some others like DK Shivakumar had been over the past few days spreading misinformation and "hulla gulla."
(With inputs from ANI)