Ali backs Brinda as Ramdev?s ?men? spit fire

FORMER MP and senior CPM leader Subhasini Ali stood by party comrade Brinda Karat?s accusation that Swami Ramdev?s pharmacy was adulterating Ayurvedic drugs with animal and human bones.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:20 IST

FORMER MP and senior CPM leader Subhasini Ali stood by party comrade Brinda Karat’s accusation that Swami Ramdev’s pharmacy was adulterating Ayurvedic drugs with animal and human bones.

Talking to newsmen here today, Ali said Ramdev’s Divya Yog Pharmacy in Uttaranchal had violated the licensing and labeling procedures under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

She also accused Ramdev of violating labour laws by forcing poor women workers at his pharmacy to work for prolonged hours.

She has also claimed that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its report has claimed that the medicines manufactured by Ramdev prima facie violated the Indian Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.

Meanwhile, Karat’s charges against Ramdev seems to have kicked off a spate of demonstrations against the communist leader in the city.

After the Dakshin Vikas Morcha, today it was the turn of Hindu Jagran Manch to burn the effigy of Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss to express solidarity with the yoga guru.

Allegations of acting under pressure of multinational companies, were also levelled on Brinda Karat by members of the organization. Manch general secretary Praveen Vajpayee expressing his solidarity with Ramdev said, “Even investigations carried out by the Uttaranchal government, into the medicines manufactured by the guru, found them perfect according to Ayurved.”

A warning was also issued to Karat and the Union Health Minister to refrain from levelling baseless allegations on Ramdev.

Meanwhile, in a separate meeting, activists of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad also accused Brinda Karat of acting at the behest of multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Presiding over the meeting, ABVP district coordinator Anand Shukla lauded efforts made by Ramdev in popularising Ayurved among the masses. “An international conspiracy behind the present controversy cannot be ruled out but the entire nation is firmly backing Ramdev,” asserted Shukla. A signature campaign was also carried out by BJP members in favour of Ramdev. The signature campaign was launched on a 10 meter long banner at Phoolbagh.

BJP leaders have claimed that more than 2,500 people have signed the banner, which would be sent to the President of India. Efforts of Ramdev to popularise yoga and the ancient Indian form of curing people by Ayurvedic medicines was applauded by BJP leaders.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 00:20 IST