Haryana minister says Modi bigger brand than Gandhi, after khadi row

In a shocking statement Haryana�s cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Anil Vij on Saturday stirred a controversy saying PM Modi is a bigger brand name than Mahatma Gandhi and added that after khadi stationary, Mahatma Gandhi would be removed from notes as well.

Haryana minister says Modi bigger brand than Gandhi, after khadi row

In a shocking statement Haryana’s cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Anil Vij on Saturday stirred a controversy saying PM Modi is a bigger brand name than Mahatma Gandhi and added that after khadi stationary, Mahatma Gandhi would be removed from notes as well.

Vij’s statement came amid the political uproar over new Khadi Gramodyog calendar replacing Mahatma Gandhi over PM Modi. He went on to say that since the time the Gandhi name has been associated with Khadi, the industry has been sinking down.


At a public event in Ambala, Anil Vij said, "Khadi is not patented in the name of Mahatma Gandhi. The name of Mahatma Gandhi led to fall in sale of khadi products. Same happened with Rupee."

"After Modi's association with khadi, there has been 14% increase in sale of the products," Vij sai

He added that Mahatma Gandhi would gradually be removed from the currency notes as well.

Responding to Vij's remarks RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav told ANI, “This is very unfortunate. These are unworthy sons of the nation.”

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said such ‘objectionable’ and ‘nonsensical’ statements can only be expected from BJP leaders and ministers.

On Thursday, Mahatma Gandhi was replaced on the covers of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) 2017 wall calendars and table diaries by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which stoked a controversy.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO), while dismissing the controversy as "unnecessary", said "There is no rule in KVIC that its diary and calendar should have only Gandhiji's photo."

Most of the employees at KVIC were shocked to see the photo of the PM in the same iconic charkha pose as the Father of the nation. Reports said that the employees at the KVIC observed a silent protest at the Vile Parle headquarters during the lunch hours on Thursday.