Haryana's Sports Minister Anil Vij said on 28 August that if he had the power to donate more money to the Dera Sacha Sauda for sports-related activities, then he would have done so.
His statement came after he courted controversy for donating Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund to the Dera Sacha Sauda organisation, headed by controversial Sikh leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, for promoting sports in Haryana.
"In the last National Games which were held in Kerala, children of the Dera Sacha Sauda won many medals. To promote them, the organisation is making a games village inside its campus, where they are planning to make number of stadiums as per international standards. For the growth and promotion of games, I can only contribute this much, If I had power to donate more, then I would have done so," Vij told ANI.
While attending the "Tiranga Rumal Chhu" program in Sirsa, Vij said "Your organisation is encouraging sports and athletes, hence, in order to promote sports further, I would like to give Rs 50 lakh which is from my discretionary fund."
The minister said the prime objective of his donation was to promote sports in Haryana. He had earlier faced criticism when he visited Rio to encourage players from Haryana who were taking part in the Olympics.