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Madhya Pradesh: Cow Protection Board Chief Swami Akhileshwaranand Gets Cabinet Rank

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| June 13 , 2018 , 14:22 IST

Swami Akhileshwaranand, the Chief of Madhya Pradesh Cow Protection Board was promoted to cabinet rank on Monday.  

According to media reports, the promotion came in after Swami expressed dissatisfaction over his appointment to Narmada Conservation panel along with some controversial figures.

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In April, Swami wrote a letter to the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, submitting his resignation from the panel.

According to media reports, in the letter, he said, “I was surprised to find my name on the committee because my consent was not taken. I object to being bracketed with controversial figures. I feel humiliated because I have been put at par with those controversial figures,”

On Tuesday, he thanked the Chief Minister for his new status but he said that the decision only amounted to correcting the earlier wrongs.

In April, five religious figures, including Namdev Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, and Pandit Yogendra Mahant were granted the status of Minister of State (MoS) along with Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, an Indore-based spiritual leader who counts leading politicians across party lines as his devotees, and two other relatively low profile religious figures Swami Hariharanandji Saraswati and Narmadanandji.

A member of this Narmada Board, Bhaiyuji Maharaj, committed suicide by shooting himself on Tuesday.