Minister comes under fire over South Africa hunting trip: ‘I didn’t kill the animals. Just posed near them’
Maharashtra minister of state for school education, Fauzia Khan, found herself in a tricky situation after pictures of her posing with a rifle along with dead animals such as springbok, black wildebeest, blesbuck and zebra surfaced.
The pictures were taken during a trip Khan took with her family to South Africa some six months back.
The pictures have now kicked up a storm with the Shiv Sena-BJP combine demanding her resignation after accusing her of killing the animals and then posing with their carcasses.
On a recent visit to South Africa, Maharashtra school education minister Fauzia Khan posed with animal carcasses, holding a rifle, though she insists she didn’t kill any.
‘We (my family) are all animal lovers and we love the wildlife’, said Khan
As the controversy broke out, the company which arranged the safaris removed all images of Khan and her family from its website – THIS SOUNDS FISHY…
But Khan claimed a needless controversy was being created as she did not kill the animals and that they were killed in South Africa, where hunting is legal.
“First of all, I didn’t kill the animals; they were killed by professionals. I just posed near their bodies. Hunting is legal in South Africa,” Khan said. “We (my family) are all animal lovers and we love the wildlife.” Khan’s explanation did not go down well with the Opposition.
“In 2009, NCP minister Dharmarao Baba Atram had to resign for killing an endangered chinkara in Baramati. The same rule should be applied to Khan and she should resign. I have seen the pictures where she is posing with the dead animals. The government should investigate it,” Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam said.
Sena leader and spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said it was shocking that Khan not only killed the animals but was also seen posing with their carcasses.
As the controversy broke out, Umlilo Safaris, the company which had arranged the trip, removed all images of Khan and her family from its website.
Interestingly, while some of the animals killed do come in the endangered species list and are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act in India, killing these animals in South Africa is legal and comes at a price.
This is not the first time Khan has found herself in the middle of a controversy.
In June this year, it was reported that LeT terrorist Abu Jundal, who was involved in the 26/11 terror attack, had in 2009 stayed in a room at the MLA hostel which belonged to Khan.
She had, however, denied the allegations and the government too claimed there was no truth in the matter.
ANIMAL LOVERS DONT POSE WITH DEAD ANIMALS.