1. Yogi Adityanath: ‘Surya Namaskar asanas are similar to Namaz’

Yogi Adityanath: ‘Surya Namaskar asanas are similar to Namaz’

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today shared the benefits of Yoga while speaking during a 'Yoga Mahotsav' in Lucknow.

By: | Updated: March 29, 2017 6:23 PM
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today shared the benefits of Yoga while speaking during a ‘Yoga Mahotsav’ in Lucknow and also shared how he was suddenly asked to run the state by the top BJP leadership. During the speech, Yogi shared the similarities between Surya Namaskar practised by Hindus and Namaz done by the Muslims. “All asanas (postures) in Surya Namaskar, Pranayama activities are similar with the way Namaz is done by our Muslim brothers. But nobody ever tried to bring them together because few people were interested only in ‘bhoga’, not yoga.”

Before 2014, even talking about Yoga was also considered communal. But things changed after Prime Minister Narendra took steps to make Yoga popular across the world, Yogi said. The CM shared that at the time BJP president Amit Shah told him that he would have to go to Uttar Pradesh, he had only a pair of clothes with him. “We are starting our work in the state with a positive energy. We will now hesitate from taking big decisions in the interest of people,” he said.

Yogi also said that he knows all the problems of Uttar Pradesh and how they could be solved. “Since I have stayed in UP, travelled from roads to Parliament, begged as a sadhu on the streets, I know what diseases are affecting UP and also their treatment.”

After almost 10 days of taking oath as Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi entered his official residence at 5, Kalidas Marg in Lucknow. After the home warming ritual, the visitors were offered a treat of fruits.

Earlier in the day, the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked police officials to change the way they work to instil a sense of safety among the public and fear among criminals. At a review meeting here yesterday, he also stressed on making the working style of the police transparent and corruption-free.

“The police must establish a direct communication with people and must take cognizance of even the most minor incident,” he said. Adityanath also discussed the incident of attack on some African students in Greater Noida and the crude bomb explosion in Sant Kabir Nagar. The Chief Minister directed police officials to prepare an elaborate work plan at the earliest and ensure that good policing is put in place. He also laid emphasis on field visits to know the ground reality.

(With PTI inputs)

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