New Delhi: After facing backlash from all quarters, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Haryana Minister Anil Vij on Saturday took back his comments on the new Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The comment I made on Mahatma Gandhi is my personal opinion. To avoid hurting anyone’s sentiments, I take it back,” Vij was quoted saying by news agency
Commenting on the issue of PM Modi’s photo in the calendar and the diary of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) , Vij, who is a minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Haryana had said that the ‘khadi’ didn’t prosper ever since Mahatma Gandhi’s name was associated with it.
“It’s good that PM Modi’s photo was placed in on the 2017 calendar and diaries published by the KVIC as Modi is a bigger brand than Gandhi,” Vij said, adding that the Khadi is not patent in the name of Gandhi.
“The sale of khadi items has increased by 14 per cent ever since Modi got associated with it,” the Haryana minister said. The minister further said that the devaluation of currency notes started ever since Gandhi’s photo was printed on them.
The BJP immediately distanced itself from Vij’s remarks saying the party does not endorse it. BJP spokesperson Shrikanth Sharma weighed in too condemning his remarks and clarifying that it is not the stand of the party.
By then, Vij’s remarks about the Father of the Nation had invited angry reactions from opposition leaders. “This is very unfortunate. These are unworthy sons of the nation,” Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD leader told.