After multiple reports that the actor had been removed from the post, the Ministry of Tourism has refuted them and said that Aamir Khan is still the brand ambassador of the 'Incredible India' campaign.
Reports had cited sources who said that Khan has been removed as brand ambassador of the campaign. Coming after the actor's comments on intolerance sparked controversy, many saw it as a sign that the government had retaliated by dropping him as brand ambassador of the campaign.
It didn't help that BJP leader Amit Malviya who is the National Head of Informational Technology and Digital Communication) had tweeted confirming the ouster of the actor from the position.
So there were some who mocked the decision:
Aamir Khan removed as brand ambassador of Incredible India. At last, something for poor doctors to cheer about.— Roflindian (@Roflindian) January 6, 2016
Aamir khan removed from Incredible India as part of Swachh Bharat.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 6, 2016
And others who criticised it:
Copy of RTI reply that tourism min says led to reports of Aamir Khan bring removed as Incredible India ambassador pic.twitter.com/KeC6G6mVn1— Vasudha Venugopal (@sanjivanibooty) January 6, 2016
But in order to put all the reports to rest, the government issued a statement rubbishing the reports. The statement said that the government's stand was firm and Aamir Khan would continue to remain as the brand ambassador of Incredible India.
This is ministry of tourism's official response pic.twitter.com/4sgiA3Edjn— Vasudha Venugopal (@sanjivanibooty) January 6, 2016