Ramdev declines Cabinet Minister status, wants to remain baba
Rai (Sonepat): Yoga guru Ramdev today turned down Haryana government’s offer of cabinet rank status, saying he was not looking for a ministerial post and wants to remain a ‘baba’.
Ramdev made the announcement at a function organised by the Haryana government in Rai, about 60 km from Delhi, to honour him.
The Haryana government had faced opposition attack over the move, with the Congress accusing it of “going out of the way to please Ramdev”.
“For your decision to bestow me with this honour, I thank you (Haryana govt) profusely, but I want to humbly state that I want to serve you by remaining a ‘baba’ and a ‘fakir’. What you have given, I want to thank you for that but very respectfully I want to hand it back to you,” Ramdev said here.
He, will, however, continue to be State’s brand ambassador to promote Yoga and Ayurveda.
Opposition Congress had opposed the move of making Ramdev brand ambassador and subsequently being granted the Cabinet status rank.
In his address to the gathering here today, in which Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, his ministers Ram Bilas Sharma, Anil Vij, Kavita Jain among others were present, Ramdev said, “I want to humbly thank CM Khattar and entire Cabinet of Haryana and want to state that before (Haryana) polls (last year) many people had said that baba (Ramdev) has so many MPs.