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Haryana minister backtracks after saying Gandhi image caused rupee fall

Anil Vij justified Modi image on Khadi stationery, had said PM bigger brand than Mahatma

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Anil Vij
Anil Vij

AHaryana minister Anil Vij, who had stirred up a controversy by claiming that after calendars and diaries, Mahatma Gandhi's image would be removed from currency notes as well, later said he had made the statement reflected his personal opinion, and that he took it back as he did not want to hurt anyone's sentiments.

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


Amid the political uproar over the new Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vij had said that Modi was a bigger brand than Mahatma Gandhi.

"Since the time when Gandhi's name got associated with ..it could not progress. The day Mahatma Gandhi 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.

Vij's remarks drew sharp criticism from the Congress, which claimed that the BJP was always spreading hatred, and that Modi was trying to erase the Mahatma from teh memory of the citizens.

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

Distancing itself from Vij's comment, the BJP claimed that Mahatma Gandhi was an icon, and sais that the party condemned the view expressed bu Vij.

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

Good that Mahatma was replaced by Modi on calendar,Gandhi will also gradually be removed from currency notes says Haryana Min pic.twitter.com/e8AXr7WJFw

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Haryana minister backtracks after saying Gandhi image caused rupee fall

Anil Vij justified Modi image on Khadi stationery, had said PM bigger brand than Mahatma

Anil Vij justified Modi image on Khadi stationery, had said PM bigger brand than Mahatma
AHaryana minister Anil Vij, who had stirred up a controversy by claiming that after calendars and diaries, Mahatma Gandhi's image would be removed from currency notes as well, later said he had made the statement reflected his personal opinion, and that he took it back as he did not want to hurt anyone's sentiments.

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

Amid the political uproar over the new Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vij had said that Modi was a bigger brand than Mahatma Gandhi.

"Since the time when Gandhi's name got associated with ..it could not progress. The day Mahatma Gandhi 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.

Vij's remarks drew sharp criticism from the Congress, which claimed that the BJP was always spreading hatred, and that Modi was trying to erase the Mahatma from teh memory of the citizens.

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

Distancing itself from Vij's comment, the BJP claimed that Mahatma Gandhi was an icon, and sais that the party condemned the view expressed bu Vij.

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

Good that Mahatma was replaced by Modi on calendar,Gandhi will also gradually be removed from currency notes says Haryana Min pic.twitter.com/e8AXr7WJFw
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Haryana minister backtracks after saying Gandhi image caused rupee fall

Anil Vij justified Modi image on Khadi stationery, had said PM bigger brand than Mahatma

AHaryana minister Anil Vij, who had stirred up a controversy by claiming that after calendars and diaries, Mahatma Gandhi's image would be removed from currency notes as well, later said he had made the statement reflected his personal opinion, and that he took it back as he did not want to hurt anyone's sentiments.

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

Amid the political uproar over the new Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vij had said that Modi was a bigger brand than Mahatma Gandhi.

"Since the time when Gandhi's name got associated with ..it could not progress. The day Mahatma Gandhi 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.

Vij's remarks drew sharp criticism from the Congress, which claimed that the BJP was always spreading hatred, and that Modi was trying to erase the Mahatma from teh memory of the citizens.

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

Distancing itself from Vij's comment, the BJP claimed that Mahatma Gandhi was an icon, and sais that the party condemned the view expressed bu Vij.

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

Good that Mahatma was replaced by Modi on calendar,Gandhi will also gradually be removed from currency notes says Haryana Min pic.twitter.com/e8AXr7WJFw

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