New Delhi, Sept 8: Billboards with pictures of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon and star came up in an Ahmedabad locality with a message from the Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board of the Gujarat government, quoting a verse it claims is from the Quran to back its case for the protection of the cow.
As per an Indian Express report, "The verse on the billboard reads "Akramul Bakra Fainaha Saiyedul Bahaima". It has been translated as: "Show respect to cows as it is the leader of all bovines. Its milk, ghee and butter have therapeutic properties and its meat is the cause of several diseases."
The daily quoted All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Mufti Ahmed Devlavi as saying: "I have never come across such a verse in the Holy Quran. It is possible that it may be an Arabic statement, wrongly attributed to the Holy Quran. It appears to have been used to mislead Muslims.''
"The Gauseva Ayog was created in 1999 and expanded to Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board in 2012. As per the Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board website, it was established for preservation, development and welfare of the cow and its progeny", reports ANI.
Meanwhile, as per an ANI report, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Tuesday said that the Gujarat Government is diverting people's attention from important issues and focusing on matters like banning beef in the state.
RJD leader Manoj Jha slammed the government, saying it must not have read 'Quran', 'Bible' or 'The Gita' and that is why it is banning beef from the state.
"It is very important to look at the way they divert attention from the pertinent issues raised by Hardik Patel," Jha told ANI.