Congress demands arrest of Ramdev over "honeymoon" remark

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Lucknow, April 27: In an aftereffect of his honeymoon jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Baba Ramdev's camps have been banned in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh till May 16, the day when Lok Sabha election results are scheduled to be released.

Lucknow administration on Sunday, April 27 banned all his public meetings in the city till May 16. The announcement came just a day after Ramdev's apology to Rahul Gandhi and Dalit people who were hurt over his controversial remark.

Clarifying his stand on the remark, Ramdev said, "People have interpreted my 'honeymoon' comment wrongly. I did not intend to insult Dalits."

If my statement hurt the Dalits, I regret it: Baba Ramdev

"I did not mean to insult Rahul Gandhi or Dalits. He indulges in publicity with photos of him sitting in their homes. If my statement hurt the Dalits, I regret it" the yoga guru added.

During a press conference in Lucknow, Ramdev earlier had said, "He (Rahul Gandhi) goes to Dalits' house for honeymoon and picnic. Had he married a Dalit girl, then his luck could have clicked and he would have become the prime minister."

The Election Commission (EC) earlier on Saturday issued fresh guidelines against making "malicious" statements about the private life of individuals. The EC said that if the orders are violated the person will not be allowed to hold programmes during polls.

Congress demands arrest of Ramdev over "honeymoon" remark

Meanwhile, Congress on Sunday demanded the arrest of Yoga Guru Ramdev over his controversial "honeymoon" remark against Rahul Gandhi, saying there are certain "crimes" which should not be pardoned.

"He has insulted the Dalit community...there are certain crimes which cannot be pardoned," party leader Rashid Alvi told reporters.

Congress spokesperson Neem Afzal said he should be arrested and cases should be slapped against him under the SC and ST Act.

Congress had yesterday termed as "shameful and despicable" Ramdev's controversial remarks and had sought an unconditional apology from him as well as BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, alleging the Yoga Guru is part of his coterie.

While Union Minister P Chidambaram had described "shameful and despicable the Yoga Guru's remarks that Rahul visits Dalit homes for honeymoon, party's dalit leaders such as Kumari Selja and Krishna Tirath had said his remarks reflected a "perverse" mindset who has no regards and respect for Dalit women and views them only as a "commodity".

LJP chief Ram Vilas Pawan, an NDA partner, however said that the chapter should be closed, contending that he had already apologised.

In Lucknow, Additional Superintendent of Police Habibul Hassan had told PTI that an FIR was lodged against him under section of 171(g) (false statement in connection with an election) of IPC.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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