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Ramdev to intensify drive against vices

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 18:58 IST

BABA RAMDEV today declared here he was going to launch a fierce campaign against liquor and tobacco companies, adding that lakhs of people lose their lives annually because of wine and tobacco consumption. Nearly one crore people die of liquor and tobacco consumption, he said.  

Addressing a press conference, the yoga guru, without naming anyone but with obvious hint a Vijay Mallya, said that a liquor baron who was in Parliament was getting some portion of his (Baba’s) sermon distorted. “The liquor and tobacco mafia were trying to defame me as I speak against them in my yoga camps”.

He said that just ‘two distorted lines’, not the context in which they were being said in his discourse, are being telecast in the some audio-visual media.

“I can’t even think of disrespecting Mahatma Gandhi, as shown in some news channels”, he said and described the version as distorted.

Ramdev said he was following the footstep of the Mahatma whom he held in high esteem. The Mahatma stood for truth and non-violence and was against drinking, cow slaughter and other vices. It was Gandh who launched the Swadeshi (indigenous goods) movement, he reminded.

He said the Mahatma dreamt of making the independent India liquor-free. “I am not going to budge under the pressure of the liquor and tobacco mafia. Rather, I am going to awaken the masses to shun drinking and tobacco consumption”, he said.

Asked that nowadays he was indulging in too much talking rather than giving yoga classes, he said that he wants to awaken the masses against the social evils. “I am against nudity and drinking”. 

When the former Iraq dictator is handed over death penalty, why the liquor and tobacco manufacturers are not being hanged?” he asked.