Had I said what he said, I would have been handcuffed by now, said Azam Khan
Surya Namaskar-Namaz comment: While reacting to the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement of comparing Surya Namaskar with Namaz, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said that he would have been put behind the bars by now for speaking about the same thing that the Chief Minister did. In his reaction, He said, “Had I said what he said, I would have been handcuffed by now.”
Not just the Samajwadi Party other leaders too have reacted strongly against the chief minister’s remarks. Earlier in the day, the Congress party had condemned Adityanath’s statement saying that he should have thought about the sentiments of the community before saying what he did. “Commenting on any religious issue is very personal. One should not comment on such topics. Before comparing two issues, he should have first evaluated the feeling of the community,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said.
However, another Congress leader P L Punia supported CM Adityanath and said that he has promoted brotherhood between the two communities. “He should also promote brotherhood between the two communities. If it happened then the entire matter will be sorted out. The hatred that has been seen earlier, if he has sacrificed it and is now spreading communal harmony then it is a good sign,” he told ANI.
On Wednesday, In a gathering on the inaugural day of three-day Yoga Mahotsava, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath had said that ‘surya namaskar’ was similar to ‘namaz’ prayers offered by the Muslims. He also added that those who oppose the yogic exercise wanted to divide the society on religious lines.
He had also lashed out at some sections of society who called Yoga as an un-Islamic activity. He said, “What a beautiful example of harmony (between two religions). But some ‘bhogis’ who do not believe in yoga indulged in dividing society on lines of caste, creed, religion and region among others,” he said.