There was uproar in Rajya Sabha on Thursday after Janata Dal-United MP KC Tyagi flashed a packet labelled ‘Putrajeewak Beej’ (son-bearing seeds) allegedly produced by Baba Ramdev’s company, Patanjali Yoga Peeth.
Supported by many other members including Jaya Bachchan and Javed Akhtar, Tyagi asked how the Narendra Modi government is allowing the sale of such herbs. “Ramdev is the brand ambassador of BJP-ruled Haryana. This is against the PMs campaign of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.”
Responding to the charge, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government will find out more about it. Health Minister JP Nadda called it a serious matter and assured the House of appropriate action.
Earlier this month too, Tyagi had brought the product to Parliament which he said he had bought from a store in Haryana. “PM Modi has appealed against female foeticide. He must act against Ramdev who is selling seeds which he claims when consumed will lead to the birth of a male child,” Tyagi had told reporters, demanding that a case be filed against him.
Recently, the Haryana government appointed Ramdev as its brand ambassador to promote Yoga, another pet Modi project. Tyagi demanded that the Yoga guru should be stripped of that position.