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Ramdev blasts Shiv Sena and MNS for anti north sentiments

india Updated: Jan 31, 2010 11:42 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
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Yoga expert Swami Ramdev has blasted MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray for generating anti north Indian feeling among the Marathi's. He also slammed the government for permitting genetically modified food in the country. He warned of a countrywide agitation if the government doesn't rollback its order of permitting sale of BT brinjal. He said some of the officials and ministers have sold the interest of country in hands of multinationals. Paying tributes to father of nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 62 death anniversary he said he will work for making Gandhi's dream true.

"It's unconstitutional, to practice regionalism, casteism, and communalism, and those people are equally responsible for inflaming constitutional sentiments who have not taken action against them till now," said Ramdev during his visit in Lucknow. He was in the city to address the meeting of executive committee of Bharat Swabhiman Trust at CMS Lucknow.

Ramdev went between students of City Montessori school who were attending a meeting in open air he asked them to become mentally, physically, and spiritually stronger to become number one in life. He said, " become mentally stronger by chintan ( Thinking) and knowledge, become physically stronger by yoga , exercise and healthy food and spiritually stronger by practicing knowledge and thinking about god.

He said, " It's the responsibility of Maharashtra government to stop them from infusing anti north sentiments our constitution gives the liberty to all Indians to live anywhere and work for livelihood in any part of country."

In a veiled attack on agriculture minister Sharad Powar Baba Ramdev said, "it's the duty of government to control prices and prepare strategy to make people feel comfortable. Prices of essential commodities cannot go up without the permission of minister concern. A minister should think twice before what he speaks, he must think whatever he speaks brings about a price hike."

He blasted department of agriculture for permitting sale of genetically modified food in the country. " I have to trust the reports that some people are selling our country to multinationals and if the decision of sale of genetically modified brinjal and other food items is not taken back then Bharat Swabhiman trust will launch a country wide agitation."

" We believe in Gandhi that's why we will oppose GM food by satyagrih, we will mobilize public opinion against that, Describing the introduction of GM crop as a 'conspiracy' by foreign multinationals' to make common Indian people and farmers in particular totally dependent on foreign technology', it is totally unacceptable as it is unsafe for health as it contains mutated chemicals to bring about the change in our genetic setup."

Warning the government of a big revolution he said that if corruption is not stopped then government would face a great revolution. The wide between rich and poor is getting wider. We are fourth largest economy but we have 37 percent population living below poverty lines. Our black money is deposited in Swiss banks and government does not have the courage to bring it back."

Ramdev adviced the government to ban notes of denominations above rupees 50. This would bring back the black money to the tune of Rs 100 lakh crore. Besides that Payment of essential services like water, telephone, electricity and municipal taxes for bills exceeding Rs 1000 must be by cheques or drafts only. Cash withdrawals from a bank account in a single day exceeding Rs 20000 may not be generally allowed and should be taxed at source."

This would bring end to crimes like robberies, anti-national activities like fake currency, bribes, circulation of unaccounted and black money etc. Since higher denomination circulation has been of charm now mainly to bribe takers, which include even persons on high posts."