Babas state-bound, Cong seeks EC help

The Congress has approached state's chief electoral officer Anita Karwal alleging that some "babas and sadhus" were campaigning for certain political parties on the pretext of spiritual programmes and demanded action in the matter.

Without naming the religious leaders, the complaint made by the party's state unit's vice-president Girish Parmar said that some babas and sadhus had been organising "yoga and religious programmes".

He said that in their speeches, they were mixing religious discourses with political issues and appealing the religious-minded people of the state to support a particular party.

"Through their religious discourses, these babas are trying to misguide the voters. For the last several days, a religious leader has been conducting political propaganda on the pretext of yoga. The organisers of yoga programmes for the particular Baba are connected with political and communal outfits," the complaint says.

Parmar said his party had complained about religious discourses and babas several times in the past as well but no effective action had been taken.

"These Babas are openly violating the model code of conduct. It is requested to take legal action against these babas," the complaint said.

A few days ago, Baba Ramdev held religious programmes at several places in Saurashtra. In Botad town, he was not allowed to attend a religious programme despite having been invited by the local sadhus. Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravishanker is also scheduled to hold spiritual discourses at several places in Bharuch, Sabarkantha, Anand, Vadodara and Ahmedabad district from November 9 to 17.

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