KVIC calendar row: Shiv Sena calls PM Modi self-obsessed

BJP ally Shiv Sena and opposition Congress and NCP slammed PM Modi over removing Mahatma Gandhi's pictures from the Khadi Village Industries Commission's (KVIC) calendar and diaries, and replacing it with his own.

KVIC calendar row: Shiv Sena calls PM Modi self-obsessed

BJP ally Shiv Sena and opposition Congress and NCP slammed PM Modi over removing Mahatma Gandhi's pictures from the Khadi Village Industries Commission's (KVIC) calendar and diaries, and replacing it with his own.

Shiv Sena MP from South Mumbai Arvind Sawant said he was "extremely pained" over the development.

"I saw the news in some newspapers that Mahatma Gandhi's photo from Khadi Gramodyog calendar has been removed and replaced with that of the PM Narendra Modiji. Gandhi is the father of the nation, he is one who sowed the seeds of promoting Khadi. Removing Gandhiji and replacing it with PMs is not only an insult to the Father of the Nation and but also of the nation and this should be taken very seriously" said Sawant.


"Nobody would have objected if it was PM Modi's photo spinning khadi on a charkha. What is objectionable is removing Mahatma Gandhi's photos and placing his (Modi's) instead. This is extremely painful," he told reporters.

"It is an example of what can happen when a person is self-centered and obsessed," he added.

In a response to Shiv Sena’s criticism, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, “In the first place Khadi Gramodyog is an independent body not run by the state or central government.  So whatever they should not be directly blamed on Modiji. But the way the Shiv Sena has shown enthusiasm in mudslinging, only shows the kind of hatred they have for Modiji and the BJP.”

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Narayan Rane lashed out at the Prime Minister and said people will never forget the move.

"Does he (Modi) think that by putting his pictures next to a charkha will make him a great figure or a 'Mahatma'? He can never rise to Gandhiji's status by doing such things," Rane said.

Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar claimed it was Modi's strategy to compare himself with great historical personalities.

"Can anybody be compared with Gandhiji or Jyotiba Phule. Can there be a comparison with Mother Teresa?” Pawar said. NCP's Mumbai women wing president Surekha Pednekar led a silent protest near Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Nariman Point.