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BJP MP Maneka Gandhi Accuses ISKCON of Cattle Sales to Butchers; Krishna Sect Denies Allegations

In a startling revelation that has sparked controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) Member of Parliament, Maneka Gandhi , has made serious allegations against the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), dubbing it the "biggest cheat" in the nation. The allegations revolve around the purported sale of cows from ISKCON's gaushalas (cowsheds) to butchers .
The ISKCON, a globally recognized Krishna sect, vehemently denies these claims, asserting that they are "unsubstantiated and false."

The Allegations:

Maneka Gandhi, a former Union Minister and a prominent animal rights activist, took to social media to voice her concerns about animal welfare, specifically targeting ISKCON's practices. In a viral video, she is seen making bold assertions regarding the organization's alleged misconduct.

"The biggest cheat in the country is ISKCON. They establish Gaushalas for which they get unlimited benefits from the government to run the gaushalas," Gandhi passionately declared.

Her allegations stem from her visit to ISKCON's Anantpur Gaushala in Andhra Pradesh. During her visit, she claims to have found no cows that were not either producing milk or had calves. Gandhi concluded, "There was no dry cow in the entire dairy. Not a single calf was there. This means all of them were sold."

ISKCON's Response:

In response to these grave accusations, ISKCON's spokesperson, Yudhistir Govinda Das , categorically rejected Maneka Gandhi's claims. He asserted, "ISKCON has been at the forefront of cow and bull protection and care not just in India but globally. The cows and bulls are served for their life, not sold to butchers as alleged."

Furthermore, Das suggested that local Members of Parliament (MP) and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), who are regular visitors to the Goshala , should shed more light on the matter. He also raised doubts about Gandhi's visit, stating, "While Gandhi has stated to have visited the Goshala, none of the workers or staff recollect seeing/meeting her."

The accusations and counter-arguments have ignited a heated debate, putting the spotlight on the delicate issue of animal welfare and the practices of religious organizations involved in cattle protection and rearing. Investigations and further scrutiny are expected as the controversy continues to unfold.