Opposition criticise PM Modi over Khadi calendar row

KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena however said the move was not 'unusual' and that deviations have happened in the past.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2017 4:59 pm
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Criticism mounted from opposition quarters over the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi replacing that of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2017 wall calendar and table diary published by the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The cover photo on the calendar and the diary showed PM Modi weaving khadi on a large ‘charkha’ in the same pose as Gandhiji. Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi said the move was a well-planned move 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. I appeal to the Prime Minister as he has become the mascot of most inefficient, incapable and insincere organisation to disband the KVIC,” he told reporters.

KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena however said the move was not ‘unusual’ and that deviations have happened in the past.

“In fact, he (Modi) is khadi’s biggest brand ambassador, and his vision matches KVIC’s, of ‘Make In India’ by making villages self-sufficient, ‘skill development’ by generating employment among the rural masses, infuse modern technology for khadi weaving, innovations and marketing. Plus, the PM is a youth icon,” he told PTI.

However, opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee castigated the government over the move.

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  1. H
    Jan 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    hiji started Khadi movement but Modiji gave it b image. hiji is called father of nation (with whom congress leaders including Nehruji, had disagreement during parion) and Modiji is servant of the nation and young poor generation listens and accepts his ideas. So what is wrong to have b ambador's photo in Khadi calendar?
    1. H
      Jan 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm
      Bhartiya Danga Party PM and Gujrat Danga Overseer Modi wants to put his picture on khadi calendar and diary for communal necessity, yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, with a gun on people's head, after taking all their money and disposing of his own money. That's how he roll, so gangsta. PM Modi then wants to jump to a podium and do name calling and mudslinging. Yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, he want to do this with his signature bizzare hand gestures. Biggest name calla and biggest mud slinga. He then wants to seize all black money, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, he wants to do this by short cut of demonetisation. Biggest hoax pulla. PM Modi then wants to pour cow mutra down people's throat and apply cow gober on people's face for best shade results. He then wants people to buy patanjali product only using digital transaction, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, with a gun on people's head.
      1. A
        Jan 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm
        Mahatma Modi zindabad...New slogan .lt;br/gt;These are hi haters who killed him. They will do anything to get rid of him image
        1. M
          Munna Mama
          Jan 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm
          केजरीवाल जी बराबरी मोदी की करना चाहते हैं, पर अपने कर्मों से राहुल गाँधी के जैसे हो गये. कोई गंभीरता से लेता नहीं केजरीवाल जी को. खुद ही देख लें, उपहास का विषय कौन बना है.
          1. K
            KS KUMAR
            Jan 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm
            Media is giving so much coverage to Mamata in this news item. Why this media is silent when Mamata forced cancellation of meeting on "atrocities in Bloochistan and stan" scheduled in Kolkata. Also Mamata refused permission for RSS meeting in Kolkata while she happily permitted stani singers to perform. RSS had to go to High court and get permission for a meeting in Kolkata. This media does not report such episodes.
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