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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Lucknow, April 27, 2014
The Lucknow district administration has banned yoga guru Ramdev from holding meetings in Lucknow till May 16, the day Lok Sabha poll results would be announced.

"We had earlier taken an affidavit from Ramdev and the organisers of the event that only yoga programmes will be held by his organisation and that no remarks will be made which could hurt any religion or community. But that didn't happen. We will not allow him to hold any meeting till the elections are over-May 16," district magistrate Raj Shekhar told the press on Sunday.

Ramdev drew flak from various sections following his controversial "honeymoon" remark against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. An FIR was also registered against him after he, at a gathering in Lucknow on Friday, said Gandhi "goes to houses of Dalits for honeymoon and picnic". He later apologised for the remarks.

The ban comes in the backdrop of the Election Commission's fresh guidelines against making "malicious" statements about the private life of individuals and said those who do this would not be allowed to hold programmes during polls if they violated the orders.

"They should not indulge in any activities or make any statements that would amount to attack on personal life of any person or statements that may be malicious or offending decency and moralilty," the EC had said without naming Ramdev.

Two separate FIRs were filed against Ramdev on Sunday, including one by Uttar Pradesh police, for his controversial remarks made in Lucknow.

The EC directions also caution that religion should not be invoked as it may create disharmony among people.

(With inputs from PTI)