By: Pankaj Sood
Solan:Reacting to the controversy that has arisen over lease of land to Patanjali Yogpeeth at Sadhupul, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev while addressing a press conference here said that he has been hurt and is feeling bad about it. He claimed that while all states have approached him to set up yogpeeths, he chose Himachal as it is his first love. He said had the Congress government been in power in the state, he would have taken the same land on lease from them too.
He claimed that after the construction of Yogpeeth in Solan, locals would benefit in more than one way. He announced that the Yogpeeth would purchase ‘Gau Mutra’ as per the prevailing price for milk, which would provide alternate livelihood to village folks. He said that Utatrakhand incidently became the head office of Patanjli Yogpeeth, although he always liked Himachal the most. He praised the locals for their cordial attitude and promised to make the area herb-rich.
He said that very soon he would launch his own political party to make India a model country. the Baba declared that the agenda for the party has already been set and only declaration of name and flag is remained. He announced that from September onwards he will visit the country covering all parliamentary constituencies under the banner of Bharat Nirman Yatra. “Yog Shivirs in the morning and village tour is daytime would be the schedule for Bharat Nirman Yatra,” he said, adding that Bharat Swabhiman Trust is in the process of making 5 lakh members in each district of the country.
It may be mentioned that Baba Ramdev along with Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal would lay the foundation stone of country’s second Yogpeeth in Sadhupul on 19th Jun 2010.