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Nov 06, 2012 at 04:08pm IST

Nitin Gadkari regrets comparing Swami Vivekananda to Dawood Ibrahim

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari has expressed regret over his controversial statement on Vivekananda once again. In a statement, he said, "I would like to reiterate that I never compared Swami Vivekananda with anyone. I had absolutely no intention to project Swami Vivekananda in bad light. If my words about Swami Vivekananda have hurt the public sentiments in any manner, I express my sincere regrets."

The BJP President invited more trouble on Monday after the statement where he was alleged to have compared Swami Vivekanand's IQ with that of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Gadkari had reportedly made the statement while explaining that gender discrimination is unfair and that people should be judged on the basis of their personal qualities.

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"As per psychology, if we compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, it could have almost been the same. But Vivekananda used it in nation building, brotherhood and spiritualism while Dawood used that in excelling in the crime world," Gadkari had said.