Lucknow: Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday faced more heat over his controversial “honeymoon” remark against Rahul Gandhi, with authorities banning all his programmes in Lucknow till the elections are over and Congress demanding that he be arrested.
It came a day after FIRs were filed against Ramdev in Lucknow and Sonbhadra over his remarks that had sparked massive outrage with Congress, BSP and others terming them “anti-dalit” though Ramdev later expressed regret to the community.
“All the programmes of Ramdev have been banned in Lucknow. The district administration had earlier taken an affidavit from Ramdev that only yoga programmes will be held by his organisation and no remarks will be made which could hurt any religion or community,” a senior official said.
However, Ramdev has made remarks which have led to protests due to which all his programmes in the city have been banned till May 16, he added.
Ramdev, who is supporting BJP, had on April 25 said, “Rahul Gandhi goes to houses of Dalits for honeymoon and picnic.” Congress on Sunday stepped up attack on the yoga guru demanding his arrest.
“He has insulted the Dalit community there are certain crimes which cannot be pardoned,” party leader Rashid Alvi told reporters in Delhi.