Solan: Yoga guru Ramdev's aide Acharya Balkrishna criticised a recent Himachal Pradesh government order cancelling the land lease given to Patanjali Yogpeeth saying that the state government's action was not justified.
Accusing the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh of cancelling the lease at the behest of the Centre, Balkrishna said that the government action was a clear violation and sought Rs 11 crore as compensation from the government. He claimed that the trust had already spent the said sum in its premises and claimed that the government should 'rightfully' pay for the damages incurred due to land seizure. The land was allotted to the trust by the previous BJP government in the state.
Balkrishna, who heads the Patanjali Yogpeeth, said that the management will take legal recourse to challenge the cancelling 'our land lease at Solan' and accused the Centre of targetting the trust for its anti-corruption campaigns by Yoga guru Ramdev.
He also claimed that the Patanjali Yogpeeth centre in Solan will be inaugurated on February 27 as planned. "We were provided land as it was to be used for people's welfare and not commercial purpose. Such action by the government was unwarranted for," he said.
Balkrishna assured that the trust will not hold any agitation against the government, but will fight the case in the court.
He even claimed thet the action against the trust will affect thousands of people as the yogpeeth's centre in Solan district had provided direct and indirect employment to youths of nearly 40 villages in the area.
About 28 acres of land near Sadhupul in Solan district was given to Patanjali Yogpeeth by the previous BJP government in Himachal Pradesh in 2010 for token lease of Rs 1 per year for a period of 99 years.
Balkrishna said there was nothing wrong in giving the land on a token lease to the Yogpeeth as it was to be used for people's welfare and not commercial purpose.