Former Gujarat Minister Dileep Sanghani has raked up a major controversy by alleging that the `milk man of India’, co-founder of Amul Dr Verghese Kurien, had diverted federation’s money to fund Christian missionaries involved in conversions. Verghese, regarded as `Father of White Revolution’, was founder-chairman of the National Dairy Development Board and the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation,
Sanghani, who was held agriculture and law portfolios in the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, made the remarks while addressing a bike rally in Amreli. Ironically, the rally was organised to celebrate Kurien’s achievement ahead of his birthday on November 26, which is celebrated as National Milk Day.
“There were religious conversions in Dangs-Ahwa. There were complaints that Kurien had given funds from Amul to Christian missionaries,” Sanghani said, claiming that “when donation was sought from Kurien for Shabridham, he had refused saying the money belonged to farmers”.
“Amul was founded by Tribhuvandas Patel, but does the country know about Tribhuvandas Patel? The money that Gujarat’s farmers and cattle rearers collected through their hard work, he (Kurien) donated it for religious conversions in Dangs (South Gujarat),” he added.
Singhani is currently chairman of the Gujarat State Cooperative Marketing Federation and vice-chairman of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation. “When Kurien was heading Amul, he made donations to Christian missionaries. You can get the details from Amul’s records,” he said.
He further claimed that when he was the minister, this issue came to his notice. “But I was advised to keep quiet because the Congress could have raked up the issue across the country,” he said.