Days after she faced flak for stating that newly-sworn in ministers in the Maharashtra government had not yet started making money, state minister and Congress MLA Yashomati Thakur has said that touching a cow "drives away negativity".
This comes days after Thakur said she has taken oath as the Minister and is yet to fill her pockets. "Be it a cow or any other animal, touching them brings a feeling of love. What's wrong with what I said?" Thakur asked.
On Sunday, the Women and Child Development Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government defended her remarks, saying touching any animal, including cows, feels one with compassion. "Our culture says if you touch a cow, all negativity will go away," the Teosa MLA told a gathering in Amravati, over 690 km from here, on Saturday.
Earlier, campaigning for the Vashim Zilla Parishad polls, she had said: "We have just come to power, our pockets are not warm enough yet".