New Delhi, Jun 13: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday welcomed the fitness challenge thrown to him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For him, his fitness is Karnataka’s fitness, he said. Earlier in the day, PM Modi had nominated Kumaraswamy and table tennis player Manika Batra for the ‘Fitness Challenge’, as part of ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit’ campaign.

“PM advised everybody to be fit in their work, for that I welcome it. In my personal view our govt isn’t individually bothered about fitness issue. My fitness is K’taka’s fitness, people have to be fit in every work, that’s my top priority,” Karnataka CM was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Prime Minister also nominated entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40 years to take up the fitness challenge.

“I am delighted to nominate the following for the #FitnessChallenge: Karnataka’s CM Shri @hd_kumaraswamy. India’s pride and among the highest medal winners for India in the 2018 CWG, @manikabatra_TT. The entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40,” PM Modi tweeted earlier in the day. He also shared a video on his Twitter handle, where he is seen practising yoga, walking and breathing exercises.

“Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature – Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice breathing exercises. #HumFitTohIndiaFit (sic),” Prime Minister Modi wrote on the micro-blogging site.

On May 24, Prime Minister Modi accepted Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge and said he will soon be sharing his own video. “Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon. @imVkohli #HumFitTohIndiaFit,” the PM posted on Twitter.

The #FitnessChallenge was started by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on May 22, when he posted a video of him doing push-ups. In the same video, he threw challenge at Kohli, actor Hrithik Roshan, and badminton champ Saina Nehwal.

The Fit India movement was initiated by Prime Minister Modi in March, which has been gaining momentum since then. He even talked about the movement in April’s Mann Ki Baat and released a 3D-animated video of himself depicting the ‘Trikonasana’ posture.