Ramdev made the announcement at a function organised by the Haryana government in Rai, about 60 km from Delhi, to honour him. The Haryana government had faced opposition attack over the move, with the Congress accusing it of "going out of the way to please Ramdev".
"For your decision to bestow me with this honour, I thank you (Haryana govt) profusely, but I want to humbly state that I want to serve you by remaining a 'baba' and a 'fakir'. What you have given, I want to thank you for that but very respectfully I want to hand it back to you," Ramdev said here.
He, will, however, continue to be State's brand ambassador to promote Yoga and Ayurveda. Opposition Congress had opposed the move of making Ramdev brand ambassador and subsequently being granted the Cabinet status rank.
In his address to the gathering here on Tuesday, in which Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, his ministers Ram Bilas Sharma, Anil Vij, Kavita Jain among others were present, Ramdev said, "I want to humbly thank CM Khattar and entire Cabinet of Haryana and want to state that before (Haryana) polls (last year) many people had said that baba (Ramdev) has so many MPs.”
"After polls they said baba has so many ministers...what is more important than how many ministers, MPs, MLAs how many CMs baba has, is the fact that Narendra Modi, he too is baba's PM, he is country's PM, therefore he is our PM."
Ramdev said that he had worked selflessly to realise the mission of making Modi as the country's Prime Minister by treating it as "rashtra dharma".
On April 13, the Haryana Government had decided to give status of Cabinet Minister to Ramdev, for which a notification was to be issued later on.


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