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7 December 2012
press trust of india
NEW DELHI, 7 DEC: Baba Ramdev and Mr Sanjay Nirupam today sparred at a function here with the Congress leader accusing him of evading tax and making yoga a business, a charge denied by the yoga guru as the “biggest lie”.
Speaking at the Aaj Tak Conclave 'Agenda', both Baba Ramdev and Congress leader Mr Nirupam traded charges and tried to puncture opponents arguments on blackmoney.
It was Mr Nirupam who went on the offensive first questioning Baba Ramdev's businesses alleging that he was “doing business in the name of yoga” and it was “unfortunate” that he is spreading falsehood about blackmoney.
He said: “You did not pay (a huge amount of tax). There is a notice against you. You sell medicines. You have made yoga a business.”
Baba Ramdev retorted: “this is a blatant lie. Prove that I have stolen even Rs 1. You cannot prove that. What Nirupam said is a lie. Put all the investigating agencies after me.”
To this, Mr Nirupam alleged that Baba Ramdev was concealing facts and once the government probe is finished, it will be clear what is right and wrong.
“The Congress has taken the contract to spread falsehood,” Baba Ramdev said.
Asked about allegations against BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, Baba Ramdev refused a direct answer and went on talking about sources of blackmoney.
When the moderator reminded him that he talks about corruption in the Congress and whether Mr Gadkari needs to resign, he said: “He is not the BJP president or a BJP member to answer this.” Mr Nirupam shot back: “then who has made (you) a member of the Congress to talk about it.”