Baba Ramdev planned to conduct yoga camp at Dwaraka, Delhi. As the election code of conduct is in force, someone complained about the program to Election Commission as Baba Ramdev has been meeting with the political parties and expressing his willingness to support them now days.
The Election Commission allowed Baba’s Yoga camp but with the stipulation that it should be limited to Yoga only but no political color should be given to it. EC explained further as follows.
Much publicized opening or closing ceremonies with political leaders either as chief guests or as special invitees should not be included in the program schedule of the Yoga camp. A political leader’s presence also should not be publicized by the organizers of yoga camp either in print or through electronic media. EC also directed the organizers that the venue should not allowed to be used by any political leaders for their campaigning. No political messages should be given in the camp.
The EC also warned that the violation of the stipulations will be viewed seriously and it will attract penalties as per the Model Code of Conduct. And the permission to conduct the camp also may be withdrawn in that case. In addition to it, the expenditure incurred on the yoga campaign will be added to the expenditure incurred by that particular party that uses the yoga camp for their campaign.