Modi on Khadi calendar row: None can replace Mahatma Gandhi, says Union Minister

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.

Modi on Khadi calendar row: None can replace Mahatma Gandhi, says Union Minister

After opposition leaders took pot shots at PM Modi over his image on "khadi" calendar, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Friday said the'Father of the Nation' is "irreplaceable".

PM Modi's image was reportedly appeared "replacing" Mahatma Gandhi on the 2017 calender and diary of the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) stocking controversies.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.


According to a report in IANS on Thursday, it had reported about Modi's picture donning the cover page of the KVIC calendar and dairy instead of the iconic picture of Gandhi weaving khadi on a simple charkha, wearing his trademark loin cloth.

Admitting that, he is yet to see the calendar, Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj said:
"It is not that Modi has replaced Gandhi. The pages of the calendar are month wise and in just one page Modi's photo is there."  "Gandhiji has his own place," he said, adding that nobody can take it.

On being asked if they would try to replace Modi's picture with that of Gandhi, Mishra said: "I haven't seen it (calender). Once I see we will do whatever necessary. Nobody can take Gandhiji's place."

Meanwhile, Handhiji's great grand son Tushar Gandhi on Friday ridiculed the government’s for daring to replace the Mahatma Gandhi's picture on Khadi Udyog’s calendar, adding that it is part of a conspiracy by the government to gain credibility.

“This government is very prone in making mistakes, but this doesn’t seem to be a mistake. This seems to be like very thought out and well-planned strategy to gain credibility,” Tushar said. Terming KVIC as an inefficient and incapable agency, he requested Prime Minister Modi to disband it, “I appeal to the Prime Minister as he has become the mascot of most inefficient, incapable and insincere organisation to disband the KVIC,” Tushar said.