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Congress hits out at Baba Ramdev

Last Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 21:25

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday hit out at yoga guru Ramdev, who has announced his entry into the fast moving consumer goods and herbal retail markets with his `swadeshi`
line of products, saying the move called for introspection if one should do business or politics in saffron clothes.

"While we should not comment on anybody`s personal
business, it does call for introspection whether one should be
doing business or politics in saffron clothes," party
spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters while reacting to
questions on Ramdev`s announcement.

Flanked by close aide Balkrishna in New Delhi, the yoga
guru disclosed his plans to sell his brand Patanjali`s
products in the open market from over one lakh `swadeshi
kendras` which he planned to set up across the country by
April this year.

"There are people who will see only business in this
venture, but I consider this my rashtra dharm (national duty)
"Yoga, Ayurveda and swadeshi are not a profession but a
mission for us," Ramdev said.

In response to a question that Congress General Secretary
Digvijay Singh had called him a `maha thug` (super cheat),
Ramdev said he was someone who could set cheats right.

Ramdev said there were people who could say all kinds of
things even against great men like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal
Gangadhar Tilak and others whom he considered his ideals.


First Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 21:25

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