Ambala, Jan 14, 2017: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has racked up yet another controversy by saying it is a “good decision” to replace Mahatma Gandhi with Narendra Modi as the face of khadi and that the father of the nation would be removed from currency notes as well.
Vij has said that PM Modi is a bigger better brand name, and because of him the sale of Khadi product has increased by 14%.
At a public event in Ambala, Haryana Anil Vij said, “Khadi is not patented in the name of Mahatma Gandhi. The name of Mahatma Gandhi led to falling in the sale of khadi products. Same happened with Rupee.”
He then went on to add. “Gandhi’s name is such that after it got added to currency notes, the notes got devalued.
When a reporter pointed out that even the new notes released during BJP rules have pictures of Gandhi, Vij shot back: “It will be removed, slowly.”
Meanwhile, many politicians including BJP leaders have condemned Vij’s statement.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was quick to dismiss the comment as Vij’s personal opinion. “It is his personal opinion and has nothing to do with the party,” he said.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala lashed out on the BJP for Vij’s statements and said, “Modi government is doing exactly what the British did. Subjugate people, subjugate institutions and use the might of the power of the state to stifle every dissenting voice. But Modi, Anil Vij and the BJP must remember that Mahatma Gandhi will always live in the soul of India.”
However, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was among the first leaders to condemn the Anil Vij’s statement. “Anil Vij is the prodigal son…,” Yadav told media.