Patna, June 21: As the Bharatiya Janata Party is out in a full swing to participate in events to mark the International Yoga Day on Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and NDA ally skipped the celebrations for the fourth year in a row.
Justifying the Kumar’s absence, sources close to Nitish said yoga is a personal act and “doesn’t need public display”, News 18 reported.
The event of International Yoga Day was organised at the Patliputra Sports Complex. It was inaugurated by Governor Satyapal Malik and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Pataliputra MP Ram Kripal Yadav.
Meanwhile, earlier in a day, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also came to the defence of Nitish Kumar. He told news agency ANI ” It is not a question about JDU. I know more than dozen people present here who are from JDU. Don’t people from RJD and JDU practice Yoga? he asked.
Modi further said that it is not necessary that everyone comes out to participate”.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and others participated in yoga events organised in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur and Patna respectively.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead the event in Dehradun. Addressing the gathering Modi he said,” Yoga is India’s gift to the world. It is a passport for wellness. The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. In fact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.”