New Delhi, 28 Jan (Jagran News Network): Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh during his visit to Sasan Gir Sanctuary in Junagadh district of Gujarat sought a second home for lions saying they should be translocated to Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday.

However splashing waters on the proposal, the Modi Government said there is no requirement of translocation from the Sasan Gir Sanctuary, which is the only abode of around 400 Asiatic lions, out of Gujarat and they are safe in Gir.

It is not the first time that the State government has opposed the proposal. Earlier, it did same on the ground that the Gir lions were the "pride" of Gujarat leading to confrontation between the Governments of Gujarat, MP and the Centre.

"You know more than 1,000 lions died due to diseases in Tanzania. Here in Gir, the lions have an inbreed population and genetic diversity of the lions here is also limited," claimed Ramesh.

"Many scientists are of the view that the lions should have a second home. I have written to the Gujarat Government to transfer some lions to MP. But the Government here thinks lions are their pride possession," Ramesh said expressing optimism that they will agree on the translocation proposal.

The State government was adamant even after Ramesh offered tigers in exchange for lions. "We want Gujarat to have tigers, but we will not give our lions," said the Gujarat government.