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Comments made on Gandhi 'personal', I take it back: Vij

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

After striking a fresh controversy by claiming that after khadi stationary, would be removed from notes as well, Cabinet Minister Anil Vij on Saturday said the statement is his personal and he takes it back as he does not want to hurt anyone's sentiments.

"The comment I made on is my personal opinion, to avoid hurting anyone's sentiments I take it back," Vij tweeted.

Vij's remarks drew flak from the which said that the (BJP) has always spread hatred, adding that Prime Minister Modi is trying to end Gandhi's memory from

"The is doing what the Britishers have done. is the soul of One can only expect such kind of objectionable and nonsensical statements from the BJP's leaders and ministers," spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told ANI.

Distancing itself from Vij's comment, the said is an icon, adding that the saffron party condemns the remark.

"strongly condemns statement of Anil Vij,its his personal remark & not party's stand. is our icon," leader Shrikant Sharma told ANI.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also said, "It is his personal opinion and has nothing to do with the party."

Amid political uproar over the new Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vij had said that the former is a bigger brand name than

"Since the time when Gandhi's name got associated with Khadi...it could not progress. The day came on the rupee, its devaluation started. Gradually, he will be removed from the notes also. It's good that Gandhi has been replaced with Modi...Modi is a bigger brand name. After Modi's association with khadi, there has been 14 percent increase in sale of the products," he said.

In a big development, Mahatma Gandhi's picture weaving khadi on a simple charkha, wearing his trademark cloth has been replaced by Prime Minister Modi's picture in the same classic pose as that of the former in the KVIC diary and calendar.

However, it took a new turn yesterday as sources said the calendar never featured the picture of Father of the Nation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 15:28 IST
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