New Delhi(web team): Amid sharp criticism over his medicine promising the birth of male child, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Friday hit back at the opposition leaders for their unwarranted comments and said that they were attempting to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image through him.
"Through me, a fakir, they are trying to malign Prime Minister Modiji," he said.
Ramdev pointed out the botanical name for the medicine and said that it was called 'putrajivak' in multiple Indian languages.
"The botanical name of this medicine is 'putranjiva roxburghii' and it is called 'putrajivak' in Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada. It is called 'putrvajivak' even in Marathi, Telugu and Bengali. What am I supposed to do if the name is only 'putrajivak'?" he said.
Ramdev further asked his critics to 'give evidence' in support of their allegations. He also said he did not intend to change the name of his medicines that are derived from botanical names of ingredients and should not be taken literally.
"If I change one, I will have to change all of them," he added.
On Thursday, the opposition trooped into the Well of the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour to protest over Ramdev's alleged concoction.
The opposition called the medicine 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'.
The Patanjali Yogapeeth and the Divya Yog Mandir had earlier said in a statement that the medicine had nothing to do with sex determination.
A demand to ban a purported ayurveda product by yoga guru Ramdev's Divya Pharmacy that promises a male child was made in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, with Opposition members terming it as illegal and unconstitutional and seeking stringent action against the manufacturers. When the House met for the day, KC Tyagi (JD-U) showed a a packet called 'Putrajeevak Beej', which he claimed to have bought from Divya Pharmacy that promised the delivery of a male child.
He also displayed a copy of the purchase receipt dated April 14 and said sale of such products by "the Brand Ambassador of Haryana" was illegal and unconstitutional. Without naming the yoga guru, he asked "if the Government of India under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approves of this."
Amid protests from treasury benches, Jaya Bachchan (SP) took the packet and gave it to Health Minister JP Nadda. Several opposition members joined in condemning sale of such products and demanded action. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said sex selection by a medicine or even pre-natal sex determination was against the law and the Constitution, but the Chair cannot do anything about it.
With Opposition members pressing for stringent action, Nadda said the issue is related to the Department of Aayush. "The Government will look into it and proper action will be taken." Nadda said the issue was very serious and he has just been given a packet of the product. "Government is very serious on sex-ratio," he said, adding that the Prime Minister was personally monitoring the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padao' campaign. This did not satisfy the members with Tyagi pulling out more packets, which inquisitive members took turns to look at.