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Press Trust Of India
Dehradun, February 22, 2013
Yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali Yogpeeth would go to court against the Himachal Pradesh government order for cancelling the land lease given to it by the previous BJP government in the state.
"We will take legal recourse to challenge the Himachal Pradesh government's order for cancelling our land lease at Solan (in HP)," Ramdev's close aide Balkrishna said in Haridwar on Wednesday.

Accusing the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh of cancelling the lease at the behest of the Centre, he claimed the yogpeeth's centre in Solan district had provided direct and indirect employment to thousands of unemployed youths of nearly 40 villages in the area.

About 28 acres of land near Sadhupul in Solan district was given to Patanjali Yogpeeth by the previous government (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh in 2010 on a token lease of Rs. 1 per year for a period of 99 years.

Balkrishna said there was nothing wrong in giving the land on a token lease to the Yogpeeth as it was to be used for people's welfare and not commercial purpose.

"The Patanjali Yogpeeth centre at Solan is to be inaugurated on February 27 and both me and Baba Ramdev will attend the occasion," he said.