Ramdev declines minister status, says he is a ‘sanyasi’

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Sonipat: Declining the status equal to that of a cabinet minister, offered by the Haryana government, Yog guru Baba Ramdev said “I’m a sanyaasi, service to humanity is my only objective. I’m not looking for any ministerial position or status,” he said in Rai.

“For your decision to bestow me with this honour, I thank you (Haryana government) 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.

The state government had decided to felicitate Ramdev, the brand ambassador for promotion of yoga and ayurveda in the state, on Tuesday in Sonipat’s Rai.

In his address to the gathering, 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.

“After polls they said baba has so many ministers, what is more important than how many ministers, MPs, MLAs how many CMs baba has, is the fact that Narendra Modi, he too is baba’s PM, he is country’s PM, therefore he is our PM.”

Ramdev said that he had worked selflessly to realise the mission of making Modi as the country’s Prime Minister by treating it as “rashtra dharma”.

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