What if a Cow Hit me while I Hug, will Central Provide Health Insurance said Mamta Banerjee


The Animal Welfare Board of India had issued an appeal to celebrate Valentine’s Day as “Cow Hug Day”, which was later withdrawn on the orders of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned whether the government would provide health insurance if a person were attacked by a cow while celebrating the occasion. Banerjee made the remarks in the state assembly, stating that although she loves cows, she would not embrace them.

The board had urged cow lovers to celebrate February 14 as Cow Hug Day “keeping in mind the importance of mother cow and [to] make life happy and full of positive energy”. It claimed that hugging cows will “bring emotional richness” and will “increase our individual and collective happiness”.

Centre while addressing the state Assembly. “I go to show physical affection towards a cow, fine but what if it injures me with its horns,” Banerjee asked, reported The Telegraph. “Will they [Centre] ensure health insurance? They should do that first. The [Rs 5 lakh] Swasthya Sathi [state-run health insurance scheme] won’t do, they should give a Rs 10 lakh insurance for this, then we will go about embracing cows.”

The chief minister said that she too loves and offers prayers to cows but embracing them is not something she would do.

“What do they [Bharatiya Janata Party] have in place of brains, I do not know,” Banerjee said. “…Now please also think of something with other bovine creatures, such as buffaloes. They have bigger horns. How about a Rs 20 lakh insurance for hugging buffaloes?”

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