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Bihar government distances itself from Yoga Day

Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav, ministers Ashok Chowdhary and Tej Pratap refuse to share stage with BJP leaders

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Publish Date: Jun 21 2016 1:00PM | Updated Date: Jun 21 2016 1:00PM

Bihar government distances itself from Yoga Day

The world is celebrating International Yoga Day but in Bihar it was politics that dominated the proceedings with Yoga taking a back seat. The Yoga Day event at Patna's historical Gandhi Maidan was organized by Patanjali Yogapeeth and Baba Ramdev's organization has made elaborate arrangement for the day.


Patanjali Yogapeeth had invited several leaders and ministers from ruling party as well as leaders from the Opposition but the Bihar ministers skipped the event as several leaders from BJP too were invited for the event.


Union Minister for Telecommunications, Ravi Shankar Prasad who spear headed the Yoga Day celebration in Patna was joined by several BJP leaders like Prem Kumar, Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly and legislators Nitin Navin, Sanjeev Chaurasia and Arun Kumar.


Howwever, Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav, Education Minister Ashok Chowdhary and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav from Bihar government who were invited to attend the event refused to share stage with BJP leaders and therefore skipped the event.


The three Bihar ministers were conspicuous with their absence as the chairs with their names remained vacant as other chairs on the stage were occupied by other invited dignitaries.


Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Ravi Shankar attacked the missing Bihar Ministers without naming any.


"Yoga unites, does not divide. Yoga is above politics, power and any kind of opposition. Yoga should not be turned into ring for politics. Yoga is above ideology", said the Union Minister.


BJP MLA Sanjeev Chaurasia too attacked the Bihar government ministers over their absence asserting that it was Bihar government which was playing politics over Yoga. 


"Bihar government feels that Yoga celebration is all about communalism and therefore they have chosen not to attend the event. This is unfortunate that they are playing politics over Yoga", said Sanjeev Chaurasia.