Himachal government today made its stance clear on Baba Ramdev’s issue and said that no ban has been imposed on his entry in the state but he will not be allowed to inaugurate the Patanjali Yogpeeth complex at Sadhupul in Solan district.
The Chief Secretary, S Roy said that the state government has revoked the land lease in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and now this land does not belong to him. “As an Indian Citizen Baba Ramdev has every right to roam anywhere in the country and state government hasn’t imposed any ban on his entry to state. But he is barred from inaugurating the first phase of Patanjali Yogpeeth constructed on the leased land as the land now belongs to government, not to him,” Roy said.
Roy further stated that he is hopeful of the fact that Baba Ramdev would not take law in his hands by trying to inaugurate the complex constructed at land which was given to him on lease by the previous BJP government.
He added that Baba Ramdev will only be allowed to get the possession of this land if he gets permission in this regard from the court. “There are number of irregularities in respect of leased land and the project which was to be completed in two years was incomplete even after three years,” Roy added.
The land was donated by erstwhile royal family of Patiala in 1956 for Indira Holiday Home for children and could not be given on lease to the Trust and the power of attorney on behalf the Trust was given to Acharya Balkrishan, whose nationality has been disputed. The process of resumption of land has been initiated and Deputy Commissioner, Solan has been directed to complete the process at the earliest, he added.
Baba Ramdev is scheduled to arrive at Sadhupul on February 27 for inauguration of first phase of the mega project of Patanjali Peeth. The Patanjali Trust has already incurred expenditure over Rs 8 crore on construction of buildings and developing other infrastructure at this leased land. The Trust has already constructed a Yog Bhavan and Treatment centre on this land.
The 96.5 bighas of land was given to Patanjali Yogpeeth for Rs.17 lakh on a 99-year lease at a token annual fee of Re.1 during the tenure of previous BJP regime.