Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning challenged Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, whom he and his party bitterly battled not long ago, to show accept his fitness routine. Modi also nominated table tennis player Manika Batra and "the entire fraternity of courageous IPS officers, especially those above 40".
"Dear Narendra Modiji, I am honoured and thank you very much for the concern about my health". "Yoga and treadmill are part of my daily workout regime", he said, asserting that he was "more concerned about the development fitness of my state". This routine, he says, is inspired by the five elements of nature-air, water, fire, earth, and ether.More news: Lucas Torreira; Arsenal in talks to sign Uruguay midfielder from Sampdoria
Earlier this month, after Mr Kumaraswamy met with the Prime Minister, he told reporters that PM Modi gave him advice based on his experience. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. In the video, PM Modi is seen practising several breathing exercises and some Yoga asanas.
At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is maintaining his infamous "maun" (silence) over steep hike in fuel prices, lack of jobs, spread of hatred through social media leading to lynching of innocent people and rise in rape cases to name a few, on Wednesday morning he posted his #FitnessChallenge video shot in an undisclosed salubrious location on Twitter.More news: Unlike Singapore, South Korean F&B firms careful about Trump-Kim marketing
In response to the challenge, Kumaraswamy sought PM Modi's support, saying he was more concerned about the "fitness" of Karnataka.
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"When Congress leaders said they want to make me Chief Minister, he (Deve Gowda) said his (Kumaraswamy's) health is not good. he has twice undergone treatment. let someone from among you become the chief minister", he had said. His return to the CM's chair, however, came days after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa was forced to step down as the Chief Minister after a two-day tenure.