Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, visited a cow shelter run by SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, where he gave tips on hygiene and better upkeep of bovine animals.
Accompanied by deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and ministers Suresh Khanna and Swati Singh, Adityanath took a round of the 54 acre 'Kanha Upvan' shelter in Sarojini Nagar in Lucknow, raising many eyebrows in Lucknow political circles.
A saffron sari-clad Aparna, and husband Prateek Yadav welcomed Adityanath, who fed jaggery and fodder to the cows.
The Chief Minister stressed on more hygiene in the areas where cows were kept and gave a direction to ensure availability of green fodder to them, an official release said.
He suggested that sheds be extended in the shelter, and underlined the need for better utilisation of by-products of cows.
Taking stock of the ongoing works for extending sheds for 700 additional cows and bulls under the Kanha Ashray Pashu Kalyan scheme, Adityanath said they should be made ready at the earliest.
The Chief Minister asked minister Khanna to set up gaushalas (cow shelters) in other districts of the state as well, and improve the conditions in the existing ones where cows rescued from smugglers would be provided shelter and medication.
There are 1,850 bovines at the Kanha Upvan including 900 cows, 950 bulls and calves.
Asked about Adityanath's visit, Aparna said:
He is everyone’s CM and we invited him. Yogi Adityanath too runs cow shelters in his Gorakhpur, so we requested him to visit ours and give us some tips on how to improve it
Incidentally, both the Chief Minister and Aparna belong to Uttarakhand, and there were posts on social media claiming that they were relatives.
Aparna said that she was happy that the Chief Minister accepted her invitation and would remain indebted to him for the gesture.