Haridwar: BJP today acknowledged the role played by Ramdev’s countrywide campaign launched ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the formation of Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
It also promised him all support in his efforts to popularise yoga and ayurveda internationally and revive the dying Indian languages and literature.
Speaking after inaugurating the newly built Seva Sadan building at Patanjali Yogpeeth here, BJP President Amit Shah showered praise on Ramdev for his sustained campaign to earn international acceptance for the ancient Indian practice of yoga.
He also praised Ramdev’s close aide Acharya Balkrishna for creating a renewed interest all over the world in Ayurveda, describing it as a discipline which had the ability to cure all ills.
“Bharat Swambhiman Trust’s commitment to revive ayurveda and yoga highlights its vision of a disease-free world and the BJP government at the Centre will give all its support to this noble endeavour,” Shah said.
He also said that the entire country was witness to the yoga guru’s fight against corruption which also led to those in power at that time to register cases against him.
Noting that there was nothing new in this fight between good and evil in this country, he said whenever evil reaches its acme, God incarnates himself to put an end to it.
“He (Ramdev) rose to fight against corruption and threats to democratic values in the country,” he said.
Thanking the yoga guru for his sustained campaign which “contributed significantly to the formation of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre”, he said all his future endeavours to save the Indian languages and literature and revive yoga and ayurveda, which had the capacity to create a disease free universe, will get all support from government.
Listing some achievements of the Modi government during 100 days in power, the BJP chief said the emphasis on cleanliness, the resolve to save the girl child and the Ganga and setting up of an SIT to repatriate Indian black money stashed away abroad are some of the most commendable steps.
“One of the first proposals cleared by the Modi Cabinet constituted an SIT to bring back Indian black money stashed away abroad. Do you remember what was the first proposal passed by the cabinet during UPA-1 which came to power after Vajpayee-led NDA? Let me help you. It was abolition of the POTA, an effective anti-terrorism law.
“This shows the difference in the characters of the two governments,” said Shah, who was on his first visit to Uttarakhand after assuming office as the BJP chief.
Apart from Ramdev and Balkrishna, a host of prominent sadhus and senior leaders from the state shared the dais with the BJP chief.
Pradesh BJP chief Tirath Singh Rawat, former chief minister and Haridwar MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank and Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Bhatt were among them.