EC notice to Ramdev for using yoga platform for political activity

The notice questions the fact that Ramdev’s yoga congregation was addressed by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

New Delhi | Published:March 26, 2014 1:32 am
BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi had spoken at Ramdev’s (right) yoga mahotsav held at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday. (Photo: Ravi Kanojia) BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi had spoken at Ramdev’s (right) yoga mahotsav held at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday. (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

The Delhi Election Commission on Tuesday slapped a showcause notice on yoga guru Ramdev for violating the model code of conduct for holding a yoga mahotsav at the Ramlila Grounds on Sunday.

The notice questions the fact that Ramdev’s yoga congregation was addressed by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Besides Ramdev, the notice was also issued to the organisers of the yoga camp. Chief Election Commissioner Vijay Dev said the EC issued the notices after scrutinising the video footage of the event.

“Ramdev and organisers of yoga mahotsav have been issued showcause notices by the Delhi Election Commission for using the platform for a political activity without prior permission from the authorities. The video footage of the event has been carefully examined by the officials. The organisers and Ramdev were found to be involved in violation of the model code,” he said.

Dev said Modi was not sent a showcause notice as “no violation by the BJP leader was observed in the footage”. DC North, Mona Purthi said Ramdev has been given time till March 27 to file his reply to the notice.

Ramdev’s spokesperson Tijarawala said they were yet to receive the EC notice, and said they did not believe they have violated the model code of conduct. “It was the largest yoga mahotsav in the world and Modiji was there as a practitioner of yoga. Modi, like Ramdev, believes that yoga is something that connects us with the world,” Tijarawala said.

In Sunday’s yoga mahotsav, Ramdev had asked his supporters to help bring a “good leader with good intentions” to power.

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    Viswa Gi
    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:35 am
    Someone in the EC is still a Congressman and not a Neutral person. Such silly rules , if any, should be sped. Modi was very careful in avoiding any political overtures in his speech.
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      Saumen Sengupta
      Mar 26, 2014 at 12:01 am
      How does it show that one who contorts body for public view has any brain to make any worthwhile decision apart from aming fortune?
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        kapil
        Mar 26, 2014 at 4:03 am
        Baba Ramdev is using his Yoga business for political purpose for long. Election commission must keep strict vigil on his all activities and not allow him to do politics under Yoga garb.
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          santosh k
          Mar 26, 2014 at 5:57 am
          exactly true
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            Monk
            Mar 26, 2014 at 4:09 am
            Baba Ramdev in this pose is depicting how BJP has twisted the facts around Modi's Gujarat and how India will become if Modi becomes PM!
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              Narendra
              Mar 26, 2014 at 1:02 am
              Modi uses cheap practice to get votes
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                rashtrawadi
                Mar 26, 2014 at 3:22 am
                What do you expect from a prejudiced mind ? EC has to follow the fashion of the day but all this shall change after change of Government is June 2014.
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                  Santhosh Krishnan
                  Mar 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm
                  Wow... Indian politics is at it's lowest levels - in any scales.
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                    Anil
                    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:52 am
                    NaMDev yoga cles
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                      stupid ec
                      Mar 26, 2014 at 5:10 am
                      India makes too many rules that cannot be enforced. EC think they can impact how people think. These are the same guys who came up with the NOTA option. Isnt not showing up to vote the same as saying I dont care for any of the candidates. Only a moron would spend time to get in line and vote for nobody. Guess the EC is a bigger set of morons.
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