Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole has issued a controversial statement over Lumpy Virus. Reportedly, Mr. Patole has claimed that the virus has been brought in India by Nigerian Cheetahs. “The Cheetahs from Nigeria have carried the lumpy virus to India. This virus has been affecting cattle in Nigeria for a long time,” said Nana Patole.
Shockingly, Congress leader Patole even accused the Central government of doing this purposely to affect the farmers in the country. “Bringing Nigerian Cheetahs to India won’t resolve issues like unemployment, high inflation and economic crisis,” he further added. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party lashed out at the Indian National Congress over Nana Patole’s statement.
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BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla slammed Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole. “The Cheetahs have been brought from Namibia. Does he know Namibia and Nigeria are different countries? Mr. Patole is the Rahul Gandhi of Maharashtra. The Congress party must stop spreading such lies and rumours,” said Shehzad Poonawalla.
Likewise, Maharashtra’s deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis has also slammed Nana Patole over his remarks. “He doesn’t even know from where the Cheetahs have been brought. This is all a matter of limelight, he knows his statement will be covered by the media. He has a habit of speaking without any knowledge,” said Mr. Fadnavis.
The Lumpy Virus is a matter of concern for the government, as it affected thousands of cattle across the country. Moreover, the farmers have been struggling to get adequate treatment for their cattle suffering from the Lumpy Virus, while the government is also trying its best. Amidst this, Nana Patole’s statement has sparked a big controversy.
Nana Patole used to be in the Bharatiya Janata Party earlier, and was even elected as a Lok Sabha MP on the BJP ticket in 2014. However, later on, he quit the party and resigned, claiming that PM Modi never listens to any of his fellow MPs. In 2019, Patole contested against BJP stalwart Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur Lok Sabha, but faced a humiliating defeat.