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Ramdev gets Assam land, threats from Ulfa faction

| MANOJ ANAND
Published : Nov 9, 2016, 6:03 am IST
Updated : Nov 9, 2016, 6:03 am IST

The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) on Tuesday warned yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s company of dire consequences and accused him of grabbing 450bighas in Assam.

The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) on Tuesday warned yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s company of dire consequences and accused him of grabbing 450bighas in Assam.

In a statement to newspapers sent through an email, the Ulfa (I) has not only opposed the allotment of huge tract of land for setting up Patanjali Herbal and Mega Food Park at Balipara in Sonitpar district but also threatened the politicians who were supporting him in setting up the food park with an investment of nearly Rs 1,300 crore.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday had laid the foundation of the Patanjali Herbal and Mega Food Park at Balipara in presence of the yoga guru. “We are opposed to allocation of 450 bighas to India’s latest capitalist incarnation yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali at Balipara in Sonitpur district of Assam at a time when the state has failed to provide rehabilitation and livelihood to lakhs of indigenous people displaced by flood, erosion and other natural disasters,” the Ulfa in its statement.

Denouncing and branding the state politicians as “cunning politicians”, the outfit accused that they have laid red carpet for capitalist entities like Patanjali to Assam, thereby converting the state to a ground of exploitation by “colonial Indian forces”.

The Assam CM had termed the foundation-laying ceremony of Balipara unit of Patanjali Ayurveda a historic moment for the people of Assam as the unit would generate direct employment of over 5,000 people, benefiting the youth as well as the local farmers. The yoga guru’s food park will target production in a record time of 99 days.

Baba Ramdev, who was present during the foundation ceremony on Sunday, announced, “This Balipara unit of Patanjali will produce products worth `20,000-crore annually.”

Baba Ramdev has also promised that cent percent profit from the Food Park would be dedicated for the welfare of Assam by setting up schools and skill development centres in each district of Assam.