Kota Srinivas Poojary, the Minister for Social and Backward Classes Welfare in Karnataka, has criticised opposition parties for unnecessarily stirring up controversy over the entry of Amul Milk into the state. Claiming that it would not pose a threat to the Nandini brand of the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), he stated that there is currently only a demand of 1 crore litres per day while the current daily collection of milk is only 74 lakh litres. He asserted that Nandini is a well-known and respected national brand and the entry of other brands would not weaken it. He expressed suspicion that the opposition parties have taken upon themselves to apprehend this situation and blow it out of proportion for political gain, as the Amul Milk brand is from Gujarat.
Amul is one India’s largest dairy brands and is based out of Gujarat. It operates under Amul Cooperative Milk Federation and manages about 30 lakh farmer-members who provide them with milk to produce a comprehensive line of dairy products available across the country. Recently, Amul has been making inroads into Karnataka and has put forth a plan to provide fresh and high-quality milk to its customers.
Kota Srinivas Poojary is a veteran politician and has been instrumental in representing the BJP in the state. He has also been relentless in championing the cause of Social and Backward Classes Welfare in Karnataka. Recently, he has also thrown his support behind Halady Srinivas Shetty, BJP MLA from Kundapur, over his announcement of not contesting the May 10 Assembly elections. His commendable decision is being closely watched and could possibly lead to changes in candidates being considered for the assembly elections. With the minister’s assurance that the BJP will come back to power irrespective of the candidates, hopes are high that the state will continue to flourish under their rule.