In remarks that could cause a controversy, Congress said that it “perhaps made a mistake” by allotting land to Ramdev for his food park while it was in power.
“We perhaps made a mistake (by allotting the land) but we did not give him the status that he enjoys. When we make a mistake, we admit the mistake. We do not cover-up,” party spokesman Tom Vadakkan was quoted by PTI as saying.
His remark came in the wake of a question over the yoga guru’s close associate Acharya Balkrishna entering the annual Forbes list of India’s 100 Richest People at the 48th position with a net worth of US$ 2.5 billion, owing to his 97 per cent holding in Patanjali Ayurved.
“You ask Forbes on which basis…You also ask the Government about the manufacturing licence…about noodles”, he was quoted by PTI as saying.
To a question that Ramdev was given land during the Congress-led UPA regime when Subodh Kant Sahay was the Minister concerned, he was quoted by PTI as saying, “we perhaps made a mistake.”
Ramdev is a known detractor of Congress and is considered close to the Modi Government.