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Kiren Rijiju says sorry after ‘no entry’ for customers inside shop he visited

Union minister Kiren Rijiju apologised on Saturday after allegations that customers were made to wait outside a shop that the leader visited to buy spectacles.

Responding to a flurry of tweets, Rijiju said he was told that the shop, apparently in New Delhi’s Khan Market, could not accommodate “multiple” customers since it was small.

“Customers wait while Minister @KirenRijiju buys a pair of glasses,” journalist Anubha Bhonsle (@anubhabhonsle) tweeted along with a photograph, tagging the junior home minister.

Is this the VIP culture your government wants to end @KirenRijiju? You shop for sunglasses and nobody else allowed in

— Rahul Pandita (@rahulpandita)
June 3, 2017

To this, Rijiju replied: “Pls verify. I’ll never do it. I’m told the shop owner stopped because it’s a small shop which can’t fit in multiple customer.”

Shortly after this, the minister tweeted again: “I make sure to sensitise security people. In fact I rarely go out. It’s an aberration due to shop owner’s tips. Anyway, I’m sorry for it.”

Later, the minister clarified:

I feel sorry for the state of affairs. But can’t blame anyone because people’s characters are the reflection of the society they belong to.

— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju)
3 June 2017

And not all were critical of the minister after that.

“Gracious and graceful @KirenRijiju! You’ve gone a notch up in the public eye,” said Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep).

Source: HindustanTimes