Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for including photos of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and Hindu God Ganesha on currency notes in a letter, stressing that he has made an appeal “on behalf of 130 crore Indians”. Kejriwal’s latest tweet on the matter comes even as controversy continues to brew over his demand. “I have written a letter to the Prime Minister, and have requested him on behalf of 130 crore Indians that the Indian currency notes should have photos of Lakshmi and Ganesha apart from that of Mahatma Gandhi,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
The Delhi Chief Minister had first made these comments on Wednesday, two days after Diwali when he linked adding these photos to economic growth, and said the idea struck him during the celebration of festival of lights. “I am not saying that this alone will improve the economy… many other efforts need to be undertaken… but those [efforts] will materialise if we have the blessings of gods and goddesses,” he had said during a virtual briefing.
Since then, rival parties – both the BJP and the Congress – have been slamming the ruling AAP in the national capital over the suggestion. The controversy comes as Himachal Pradesh prepares for state elections. Accused of practising “fake Hindutva” and trying to appease, the AAP, however, has been relentless.