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Ramdev aide, ex-CM exchange barbs on Twitter over Patanjali sample failure

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Baba Ramdev’s close aide Acharya Balkrishna and ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister are slugging it out on social media over the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) suspending sale of Patanjali’s Amla juice. The CSD, the retailing platform for the defence forces, recently decided to withdraw Patanjali’s Amla juice after receiving a negative laboratory report.

Rawat quipped, “Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat should muster courage and conduct test. He will also know why the samples of Patanjali had failed?” The ex-CM challenged after Acharya Balkrishna alleged that during the Congress government, the samples of Patanjali products failed owing to party’s vindictive politics.

The comment put Harish Rawat on the offensive, saying, “BJP is at the Centre. Why your samples have failed in CSD?”

Now, it was turn of Patanjali Yogpeeth’s secretary Acharya Balkrishna to claim that the CSD issue is part of a sponsored conspiracy. He said, “The non-food category item was made to fail by showing it under food category.” 

After the Ram Lila ground episode in Delhi in June 2011, Baba Ramdev was under the target of Congress. In 2013, the Uttarakhand government registered 81 cases against the Yoga Guru for his ashram’s alleged benami land deals. At that time, the Haridwar district administration had charged the Yoga Guru’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust of illegally encroaching upon approximately 7.766 acres of Gram Sabha and government land at Shantar Shah and Aurangabad villages.

But, Harish Rawat government failed to complete the probe in a time-bound manner. Alike other inquiries, the probe against Patanjali has been moving at a slow speed.