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Gogoi may take back land given to Ramdev

Rahul Karmakar/HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Guwahati , June 10, 2011
First Published: 18:52 IST(10/6/2011) | Last Updated: 23:52 IST(10/6/2011)

The Congress chief minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, has said he might take back the land given to yoga guru Baba Ramdev for his ayurvedic brand Patanjali.

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Ramdev had once approached him for land, he said. “I remember allotting him a plot, but I am not sure if he got it or not. If the land is not being used for the purpose it was given, it will be taken back,” Gogoi said, addressing the media on Friday.

He, however, said the action was part of a policy meant to regularise land utilisation and would apply to all allotments made to firms, trusts, individuals and NGOs. Gogoi also came down heavily on Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare for “playing politics”.

“They are not the only ones concerned about corruption,” he said, pointing out that Assam was the first state to implement the Right to Information Act.

He was also critical about Ramdev’s jibe at the Congress on the issue of black money in the run-up to the assembly elections earlier this year.

“If somebody does yoga, it is fine. But he should not get into politics,” Gogoi said.


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