SHILLONG, April 8 - Meghalaya BJP today committed a major blunder by observing a two minutes silence �to pay respect to actor Vinod Khanna�s departed soul� at a public function and later apologised realising the actor was responding to treatment at the Hospital in Mumbai.
The faux pas happened during the ongoing celebration of BJP�s 34th foundation day in which a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was held at Jhalupara this morning. The BJP�s National vice president, Avinash Rai Khanna, Jagdamba Mall, senior BJP leader and members from Meghalaya unit were present.
Party general secretary, David Kharsati addressed the gathering saying: �before starting today�s programme we will hold two minutes silence to pay respect to the departed soul of Vinod Khanna.�
Realising the blunder, Kharsati later sent press releases to the media stating that the hoax about the actor�s death on social media has caused the mistake.
�Meghalaya BJP wishes to clarify that as per latest reports Vinod Khanna is responding well to treatment. We wish him speedy recovery and long, healthy life,� Kharsati said.
Khanna is the sitting BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab. He defeated the Congress� Pratap Singh Bajwa in 2014 to enter the Lok Sabha. The veteran actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai on April 2 for severe dehydration. However, in recent days there have been several reports circulated in the social media about the actor�s demise.