HP government cancels land lease to Baba Ramdev’s trust

The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to cancel land lease agreement with yoga guru Baba Ramdev trust in the Soaln district of the state.
The decision was taken here by the cabinet held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh..
In its decision it decided to cancel the allotment of 28 acres of land in Solan district to Baba Ramdev for setting up a herbal garden and a branch of his Patanjali Yogpeeth, a government official said.
The land, valued around Rs.35-40 crore, was allotted by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in 2010 on a 99-year lease at a token amount of just Re.1 by violating land norms. The prime piece of land is located mid-way between Kandaghat town and the hill resort of Chail. The Congress, while in opposition, was demanding cancellation of the lease given to the yoga guru of the land which former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh’s family had donated to the government in 1956 for setting up the Indira Holiday Home for Children.
The yoga guru was reaching Patanjali Yogpeeth’s Himachal branch Feb 27 to inaugurate its first phase built at the cost Rs.7.5 crore, Laxmi Dutt Sharma, state in-charge of the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, an outfit headed by Baba Ramdev.