In a classic foot in the mouth statement, All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Syoraj Walmiki on Wednesday said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had resolved never to get married to serve his nation better.
Walmiki, also in charge for Maharashtra and Mumbai told mediapersons at a conference that Gandhi was prepared to make sacrifices for the nation and that's why he had decided to remain unmarried.
He also evoked comparisons of Gandhi with the former prime minister Atal Behari Vajapaye, realising his mistake after the media persons barraged him with questions on Gandhi's matrimony.
Following this he apologised for this statement adding in full measure that he had never met Gandhi and had read about his stance on matrimony in some newspaper articles.
Before he realsised his error, Walmiki had waxed eloquent on how there was nothing wrong with Gandhi's statement that 'poverty is a state of the mind'.
He had added that he himself had gotten out of poverty as he resolved to do so and this was also the gist of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's message to the Dalits.
"He made an error and has apologised and taken back his statement," said Mumbai Congress president Janardan Chandurkar, who was present at the press conference.