Overlooking the directive by the Election Commission, yoga guru Baba Ramdev has sought votes for Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi constituency, Uma Bharti.
At a yoga camp here, Ramdev urged his supporters to cast their ballots in favour of Bharti. He later defended his act, saying the event was non-political.
Last week, the Election Commission had asked district election officers not to grant permission for activities like yoga camps if there was possibility of their misuse for political campaigning.
“It has come to notice of the commission that in certain places while permission was sought by certain organisations to organise non-political activites like yoga shivirs etc. the platform was used for political campaigning in clear violation of the condition for which permission was granted,” the poll panel had said.
The Congress had complained to the poll panel about alleged political message at a yoga camp held by Baba Ramdev in the national capital.
This is not the first time Baba Ramdev has come forward to support Bharti.
Last month, the yoga guru had announced that if the BJP agreed to field Bharti from Rae Bareli, he and his followers would campaign for her.