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GUWAHATI: As per reports given, it is said that Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved is likely to set up processing unit in the state. Ramdev's close aide Acharya Balkrishna met Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal and has evinced interest in setting up manufacturing and processing unit of different agricultural and medicinal plants and herbs.
According to the Memorandum of Settlement of February 10, 2003, the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was established in India. The area under the BTC jurisdiction is called the Bodoland Territorial Area District(BTAD) and it consists of four contiguous districts-Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Chirang which was carved out of seven existing districts such as Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup, Darrang and Sonitpur — an area of 27,100 km² (35% of Assam).
In a major move the flagship project of Baba Ramdev Patanjali which is used to practice and research and develops yoga and ayurveda is eyeing 3,800 hectare of land in the Chirang district which has led to a hue and cry in the sixth schedule area. Facts point out to less than 30% Bodo population in BTC area
The BTAD leadership is almost on the clearing the air as they believe that yoga leads to good health and if a Muslim can offer his namaz in any open space there is no need for any specific location for practicing yoga which is based on religion. With the new government taking charge in Assam it is highly suspected that Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Trust is politically aligned to divide and rule. This would certainly give impetus for RSS to open a wound where the number of Hindus as per data is around 71.24 per cent compared to 19.12 per cent Muslim population. The leadership seems to be guided emotionally on the issue but not gathering more information and analyzing it further.
Earlier this year members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti(KMSS) were protesting in massive numbers against the allotment of land to the Patanjali trust. Arun Deka a resident in Jorhat district said that it might be a shady ring of an organized crime by letting the footprint expands in such an area whereby it might launch a springboard of right wing movements already when the ruling party in the state is BJP.
Whether this move by the BTAD leadership is for the health benefits of the people or whether it is gain more ground for the leadership of the BJP this will be left to the wisdom of the people of the district to understand and decide.
Bodo leadership led by Hagrama Mohilary to reconsider their stand to hand over such a huge plot of land to Patanjali Trust, saying such a decision will be against the interest of Assam as a whole.
Ramdev had last month told the media that Patanjali Ayurveda, the FMCG venture promoted by him, will invest over Rs.1,150 crore in the current fiscal to set up six processing units and one R&D centre in Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Haryana.
Acharya Balkrishna while interacting with newsmen said that, "Assam has huge potential in agriculture and medicinal plants and herbs. We have expressed out interest to set up in Assam. This will benefit the farmers." Adding that, "We are running a dairy in Chirang in Bodoland in Assam and a school."
It is to be noted that the anti-talk with militant group United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) had earlier raised suspicion on Patanjali's expansion in Assam. Ulfa chairman Dr. Abhijit Asom in a statement emailed to media recently said that there is some ulterior motive in Ramdev getting over 3800 hectares of land in Chirang, which is sixth scheduled area under the India constitution.
In 2011 after New Delhi's Ramlila maidan crackdown on Ramdev by UPA government, Congress government in Assam cancelled the allotment of land given to Ramdev for Ashram.