June 7, 2018
The Yogi government is most likely to go an extra mile to transfer 86 acres of land allotted to one company of Baba Ramdev to another group entity in order to prevent his Patanjali Food and Herbal Park in Noida from moving out of the state.
The state BJP leaders blamed the “confusion” on the fact that the matter was being dealt at the bureaucratic level until Ramdev sent a request for land transfer to Yogi government three months ago. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has now intervened in the matter, and spoke to both Ramdev and his key aide Acharya Balkrishna. The CM has decided that the proposal be brought before the state cabinet to solve the issue that prompted the yoga guru to pull his project out of UP state.
Any decision taken at the bureaucratic level to allow transfer of land to another group entity by way of a sub-lease could have triggered allegations of favouritism. Sub-lease of land has been a controversial issue in the past in the state on account of revenue loss.
Balkrishna commented that Patanjali will shift the project out of the state, blaming this on the “sad attitude” of the state government. He said the project would have brought hundreds of jobs and benefits to farmers and job-related people.
On March 23, 2018, Ramdev requested the Adityanath government to sublease 86 acre of the alloted land to a 99% Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Patanjali Foods and Herbal Park Noida Pvt Ltd.
“The UP government was caught up in a technical issue. Everyone knows that both our companies are part of the same consortium. We have already invested crores in the food park and begun the construction,” Patanajali Group spokesperson Surendra Tijarwala said.
The CM has assured Baba Ramdev that all formalities and sanctions will come through and under no circumstances will this priority project be allowed to exit the state, he said. “We trust these assurances from the CM and hope the same will be fulfilled,” Tijarwala said.