New Delhi, June 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning uploaded a video of him stretching, doing Yoga poses and doing a list of exercises. In the next tweet, PM Modi nominated the newly-appointed Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy for the fitness challenge. Responding to him cheekily, Karnataka CM said that Yoga-treadmill are a part of his daily workout regime but he’s rather concerned about the “development of his state”. Also Read - Mohammad Hafeez Names His Favourite Top 5 Batsmen of All-Time, Includes Virat Kohli And Sachin Tendulkar in List
@narendramodi ji I am honoured& thankU very much for d concern about my health I believe physical fitness is imptnt for all&support d cause. Yoga-treadmill r part of my daily workout regime. Yet, I am more concerned about devlpment fitness of my state&seek ur support for it,” the CM of Karnataka Twitter handle tweeted. Also Read - Nationwide Lockdown May Extend Beyond April 14 as Coronavirus Cases Rise Over 2,000; Death Toll at 53
PM Modi’s fitness challenge video has come over a month after he accepted cricketer Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge on Twitter. “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,” Modi posted on Twitter. Also Read - Virat Kohli-Kevin Pietersen Instagram Interview: India Captain Says 'Playing Test Cricket Has Made Him a Better Person'
Not just Kumaraswamy, PM also nominated the “CWG 2018 medal winner Manika Batra and entire fraternity of brave IPS officers”, especially above 40 years of age, he said. “I am delighted to nominate the following for the
#FitnessChallenge: Karnataka’s CM Shri @hd_kumaraswamy. India’s pride and among the highest medal winner for India in the 2018 CWG, @manikabatra_TT. The entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40,” he added.
In another tweet, he urged Indians to “devote some part of the day towards fitness”. “I appeal to every Indian to devote some part of the day towards fitness. Practice any set of exercises you are comfortable with and you will see the positive difference it will make in your life! #FitnessChallenge #HumFitTohIndiaFit,” he wrote.
The Fitness Challenge began a month back with celebrities nominating one another to upload a video of them exercising and urging the Indians to pursue fitness. PM Modi was challenged by Cricketer Virat Kohli. Accepting the challenge, PM Modi had then tweeted: “Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon.”
The challenge taken up by Narendra Modi, however, didn’t seem to go down well with the Opposition as Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM over rising petrol and diesel prices and challenged him to bring them down. “Dear PM, Glad to see you accept Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge. Here’s one from me: Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response,” Gandhi tweeted.