Rahul clarifies on khadi remarks; says he wears it every day

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Lucknow, Nov 12 (UNI) AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today said he wore khadi daily and would be the last person to suggest that the use of the cloth should not be mandatory for Congress workers.

When the young Amethi MP's attention was drawn on his recent reported remarks on khadi, which triggered a political controversy, he said he found it to be the most comfortable cloth. ''I only mentioned land ceiling and not khadi,'' he clarified.

Mr Gandhi was interacting with the media after the first meeting of the UP Congress co-ordination committee here.

Newspapers had claimed that at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on November 7, in which Mr Gandhi made his debut, he reportedly talked of the necessity to be practical during discussions on changes in the party constitution when some senior leaders also spoke on the subject.

However, his remarks were interpreted as advocating drastic changes in the party constitution which mandates certain do's and dont's to join the organisation. They include being a habitual wearer of khadi and abstaining from alcohol.

His remarks reportedly came after senior leader Karan Singh suggested an amendment in the party constitution calling for wearing of Khadi or 'swadeshi' (made in India), prompting an impromptu and brief debate.

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