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Ramdev to campaign against MNC goods

Yoga proponent Baba would launch a countrywide agitation this year against use of goods made by multinational companies.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 19:54 IST

Strongly denying he used human and animal remains in his Ayurvedic medicines, Yoga proponent Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said he would launch a countrywide agitation this year against use of goods made by multinational companies.

"If you have to stay in this country, you will have to use swadesi items", Ramdev said.

He said charges levelled by Brinda Karat, on his medicines containing human remains, did not merit a reply.

"Main khopdi (skull) use nahin karta. Khopdi theek karta hoon (I do not use skull I treat it)," he said.

The Hyderabad-based lab had denied that samples of his medicines contained human remains, he said.

"These (leftists) are the people who opposed our independence struggle. They also called Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose crawling dogs", he said.

Ramdev said that, however, Left leader Subhas Chakravarty had supported him saying "I was doing good work for the humankind and the country". "He had also said that he practices pranayama regularly."

"I will never associate myself with politics. This is my Bhishma pratigya. I don't want to take my campaign on the death-bed", he said.

Asked why he thought MNCs were behind a conspiracy against him, Ramdev said, "MNCs have lost business worth thousands of cores due to my campaign."

"In the last two years, consumption of cold drinks has come down by 60 to 70 per cent and same was the case with fast food", he said.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 19:54 IST