Terming an RTI based news story on Muslims Yoga teachers being rejected in a event last year, Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shripad Naik said that the ministry never said it ‘won’t recruit Muslims’ claiming that the news was fabricated.
“The reporter had asked us how many Yoga teachers were called in 2015 and how many Muslims had applied and how many were rejected. We said that no such call was made, therefore the above questions of Hindu or Muslim does not arise,” the minister said.
The minister alleged that reporter Pushp Sharma had first received the documents and later fabricated the data before releasing it to the media.
“It’s a false propaganda, we have filed a case and the person was arrested. We are a secular government, and such discrimination is against the Indian government,” he said.
Recollecting the Yoga day incident of 2015, the minister said, “Last year some people were opposing Yoga day from that community but we requested them to come and join us. It was not connected to any religion, it was a matter of personal choice. Some may like it some may not, but lakhs of people joined us (on Yoga day).”