International Yoga day celebrations in Delhi, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were not only about the mass presence but also the individual absence. Vice President Hamid Ansari's absenteeism triggered a controversy on Sunday. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav tweeted questioning why Ansari was missing.

A screen shot of Ram Madhav's deleted tweet | Source: Twitter

Madhav also accused Rajya Sabha TV of 'completely' blacking out live telecast of the Yoga day event, despite it being 'run on taxpayers’ money'. Ansari being the Rajya Sabha chairman is the controlling authority of the channel.

In his counter statement, chief executive officer (CEO) of Rajya Sabha TV, Gurdeep Singh Sappal, later commented, “Baseless rumours. RSTV not just did live telecast of Rajpath event. But also had 3 documentaries, 1 special report today on Yoga”, he tweeted. He also posted the link to the programme on YouTube, saying, “For those who missed it, link to PM’s address on Yoga Day, carried Live on RSTV”.

Madhav deleted both his tweets including the apology tweet after the hashtag #IStandWithHamidAnsari started trending on Twitter.