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13 Dec 2018

Modi not someone who indulges in vote-bank politics: Ramdev

Nobody can raise doubts about Modi's leadership: Ramdev

Yoga guru Ramdev said yesterday that no one raise doubts about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and policies, the statement coming a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered losses in the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan Assembly elections.

"Modi is not someone who indulges in vote-bank politics," Ramdev said at the India Economic Conclave organized by Times Network in Mumbai.

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Nobody can raise doubts about Modi's leadership: Ramdev

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Modi has launched over 100 huge nation-building projects, says Ramdev

Replying to a question whether Modi had fulfilled his promises, Ramdev said, "I don't want to invite trouble by replying to such political questions, because you've to pay a price for it."

Hailing the Prime Minister's leadership, intentions, and his policies, Ramdev said Modi has launched more than 100 huge nation-building projects and has never engaged in vote-bank politics.

On demonetization

Ramdev says after demonetization, 'all money is equal now'

Asked whether black money has been wiped out from the country under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Ramdev, who had been vocal about the issue in the past, said after demonetization, "all money is equal now", but the million-dollar question was how this money should be used.

"I think the money should be used in productive things like agriculture, health, and education," he said.

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'Banks should be smart enough to identify only genuine industries'

Ramdev said India can become a manufacturing hub if special areas are earmarked for manufacturing industries and necessary facilities are provided at affordable rates.

Several industries are facing crisis and banks should come forward to help them, he said, adding, "But the banks should, at the same time, be smart enough to identify and help only the genuine industries, not the Vijay Mallya types."

Plans

Patanjali to get listed in stock market soon?

The Patanjali group, promoted by the Yoga guru, aspires to leave behind major companies like Unilever by 2020 and become the world's-largest FMCG company by 2025, Ramdev said.

Asked whether the group has plans to get listed in the stock market, Ramdev said he would be able to share some "good news" related to this in a month's time.

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