Gujarat: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Is Now Patanjali Warehouse
Smruti Khand, which, 95 years ago, was a court room from where the Father of nation was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of sedition, has been turned into a warehouse of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, a company founded by Baba Ramdev.
From May 25, of the 28 rooms in the circuit house - the oldest in city - 12 have been given to Patanjali. While it has turned one room, the Smruti Khand, into a store room, the remaining rooms have been occupied by its staff, camping in the city to prepare for the yoga day.
Asked how Patanjali was granted the permission to use the room, Chirag Patel, Shahibaug sub-division deputy executive engineer who is in charge of all circuit houses in Ahmedabad city, said, “We don't know who gave them the permission to use it as a warehouse.” Deputy CM Nitin Patel denied any knowledge of Patanjali using Smruti Khand as a store room.
The Smruti Khand houses files and documents related to Gandhiji.
Earlier on Saturday, at press conference in city, when the oversight was brought to Baba Ramdev's notice, he categorically denied any negligence on Patanjali's side. “Patanjali has not stored anything at Smruti Khand, Anyone can go and check,” he said.
Smruti Khand houses files and documents related to Gandhiji. However, they have been swept to a corner to make space for Patanjali ghee, rugs, banners, pamphlets, mattresses for staff, T-shirts and caps that are to be distributed to yoga day participants, etc. Gandhiji's pictures that adorn the walls are also partially covered by piles of goods.
Circuit House is usually meant for state government office-bearers, including ministers, government officials and state guests free of cost as the government bears the expenses.
Relatives and acquaintances of these sections can also stay at the circuit house by paying approximately Rs 1,300 per day per room.