Ramdev mixes yoga with politics; gets notice from Election Commission

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New Delhi, March 26: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev got a show cause notice from the Delhi Election Commission on Tuesday for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by holding a "yoga mahotsav" at the Ramlila Grounds on Sunday.

He along with the organisers of the yoga camp have been issued notice for using "yoga platform for conducting political activity".

After scrutinising the video footage of the event, it was revealed that Ramdev asked people to help bring a "good leader with good intentions" to power.

"Ramdev and organisers of Yoga Mahotsav have been issued a show cause notice by the Delhi Election commission for using the platform for political activity without prior permission from the authorities," Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev told reporters.

"The video footage of the event has been carefully examined by the officials and the organisers and Ramdev was found to be involved in violation of Model code," he said.

Asked why no notice was served on Modi, who addressed the gathering at the 'yoga mahotsav', Dev said no violation by the BJP leader was observed in the footage.

North District Election officer Mona Sreeniwas told PTI that organisers had sought permission for holding a 'Yoga Mahotsav' and had not informed Election Commission that Modi would be attending it.

In his address, Modi had complimented Ramdev for organising the event in which technology was utilised in a big way. The programme was transmitted to 600 districts simultaneously.

Ramdev has been asked to file his reply to the EC notice by March 27.

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