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Shah’s ‘KMF-Amul cooperation’ remark triggers social media row

Union home minister Amit Shah’s statement in Karnataka’s Mandya on Friday calling for “cooperation” between the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) and the Anand Milk Union Limited (Amul) in Gujarat has drawn flak in the southern state, with many starting a campaign on social media to save “brand Nandini milk”.

Shah inaugurated a mega dairy built at a cost of ₹260 crore in Mandya district on Friday.

Addressing a public gathering after the inauguration, he said that if Amul and Nandini work jointly, in three years they will be primary diaries at every village.

KMF will get all technical support and cooperation from Amul, he said, adding that if Karnataka and Gujarat come together in this direction, it will benefit the farmers all over the country.

A Twitter campaign began on Saturday, demanding that the KMF Nandini be saved, with hashtag #SaveNandini trending.

Popular film actor Puneeth Rajkumar was the brand ambassador of Nandini and KMF is currently in profit. The attempt to merge such an organisation with Gujarat’s Amul should be condemned, said a twitter user.

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