Continuing their tirade against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for playing politics over the sacred art of Yoga, the Janata Dal (United) took a shot at Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah, saying his ‘body’ was proof that he did not practice yoga and added that he must inculcate the art in his personal life before preaching about its benefits across the nation.
Speaking to ANI, JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar slammed former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi for criticising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for refusing to observe the World Yoga Day on June 21.
“When Sushil Modi was with us, why didn’t he think of celebrating Yoga Day with such aplomb? Now, when the trend of playing politics over yoga has been introduced by the BJP, he is swaying to their tune,” Kumar said.
Asserting that Yoga was part of Bihar’s ancient tradition and embedded across the people there, he condemned the politics being played by the BJP on the matter, saying that Yoga was sacred for their state.
Rubbishing reports that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had refusing to observe World Yoga Day because he was averse to the ancient art form, Kumar said Nitish practiced Yoga diligently every day, but instead of showing it off to the whole world, he did it for himself.
“Amit Shah’s body shows that he does not practice yoga. And now he is going to Faridabad to preach about yoga. If you want to do yoga then do it every day at your home, don’t show off to the whole world,” he added.
Earlier, slamming Nitish for falling for the “vote-bank politics of alliance partner Lalu Prasad”, Sushil Modi reminded him that he had taken a vow in front of J.P. Narayan’s statue during a function in Bhagalpur to promote natural medicine.
Nitish had earlier advised Amit Shah to practice yoga regularly rather than do politics over it. "Has he seen his body whether it is suitable to do yoga? He should practise yoga silently at home everyday to stay fit. This will bring internal change in him too," he said.
Shah will take part in yoga day celebrations in Patna on June 21.