Baba Ramdev
India's yoga guru Baba Ramdev speaks at a news conference in New Delhi (file picture)Reuters

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has urged Baba Ramdev to set up a big yoga centre in Tirupati, a well-known pilgrimage centre in India.

Ramdev met Naidu at his residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday, and congratulated him on becoming the state's new Chief Minister. Ramdev described Naidu's election win, to be the CM of Andhra Pradesh, as historical.

Ramdev, while reacting to Naidu's proposal, said he would consider starting a yoga centre in Tirupati, under the guidance of Patanjali Trust. The yoga guru also praised Naidu's administrative skills and stated the Chief Minister's fight against corruption would bring great results.

Naidu also proposed that the state government would plant 40,000 herbal plants in Tirumala hill town, the abode of Sri Venkateswara Swamy.

Ramdev urged the Chief Minister to include yoga and spiritual knowledge in the educational curriculum in Andhra Pradesh, and Naidu agreed to the suggestion.

The guru also said that he respects Naidu as his elder brother and stressed the country's interests are foremost for him. Naidu has transparency and spirituality, Ramdev added.

"Whether it is making India a world power or bringing back black money he stood behind us. We want to use yoga for character building and in Tirupati which is a heaven in itself a programme is in the pipeline which if initiated by Chandrababu Naidu will find our support to make Andhra a famous place in yoga, naturopathy with a herbal garden of world standard," Ramdev tweeted.

Naidu's son Nara Lokesh was also present when Ramdev called on the Chief Minister in Hyderabad.

Panel for AP's capital to meet Naidu on 14 June

Meanwhile, the K Sivaramakrishnan-led central committee, entrusted with the task of suggesting a suitable city to be AP's new capital, will meet Naidu on 14 June. The committee will elicit views of the new government on setting up of the capital city for AP.

Members of the committee have already toured the Seemandhra region and visited key cities, such as Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Kurnool, Tirupati and Kadapa. The committee is to suggest the Union government over setting up the state's capital.

Naidu had recently made it clear that the new capital city will come between Vijayawada and Guntur.