"The government was demanding 1-1 lakh rupees from all us. To which, we said that please don't impose tax on sadhus and saints. You are religious people, you love your country, you follow religion but we hope to get free from it, because then if people want to hear or see any baba's discourse live, baba would have to give One Lakh Rupees per day from his own pocket. A baba can't afford so much of money. The government wants Rs. 32 crore in total to show all the channels like Aastha and Vedic."
The Patanjali founder also added that "it would be really shameful, if we would have to give money even in the name of faith and I never expected such kind of behaviour from this government."
Ramdev was speaking at an event to mark the launch of 'Aastha' mobile app in New Delhi.
"This is an iconic moment for India, when it comes to publicise about spirituality. People would be able to see all the live programmes of all the four channels on the app. They can also see the repeat telecasts of all the programmes that came in nine days back," said the yoga guru.
The app will also have also beam videos of Ramdev's yoga camps as well as his discourses, which will be dubbed in regional languages for wider reach.