International Yoga Day 2017: By snubbing Yoga Day, Congress leaders snub Indian culture, says BJP

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 22, 2017 4:14 am
International yoga day 2017, international yoga day, world yoga day, yoga day celebrations, congress slams yoga day, yoga day tweets, baba ramdev, amit shah Yoga guru Ramdev with BJP president Amit Shah and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani in Ahmedabad. (Photo by Javed Raja)

Slamming Congress leaders for mocking Yoga Day celebrations across the country, the BJP Wednesday said it amounted to “snubbing India’s ancient cultural heritage” and showed the “ideological bankruptcy” of the Congress which it said was “allergic to anything and everything Indian”.

Underlining that “Prime Minister Modi’s efforts at soft power diplomacy are getting fruits,” a senior BJP leader said: “Congress’s behaviour on Yoga Day shows it is allergic to anything and everything Indian and 125 crore Indians are allergic to exactly such behaviour. The Congress’s mocking and rejection of Yoga Day would be similarly met by their rejection and mocking at poll booths.”

Through the day, tweets mocking Yoga Day celebrations went out from the official Twitter handle of the Congress, its leaders and workers, who sought to rake up issue of unrest among farmers. The Congress handle tweeted an inverted International Yoga Day and a hashtag #BJP_KisanMuktasan to take a swipe at the Modi government which led nationwide participation on Yoga Day. Targeting the Prime Minister, it said he had “abandoned his duty towards farmers #BJP_KisanMuktasan”.

Former Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted the inverted International Yoga Day and mocked the BJP for “practising Shirshasana (in Hindi) for 3yrs by standing on its head its opposition to Aadhar, FDI, GST, & other UPA ideas”. “Yes SHAVASAN,” Congress leader Digvijaya Singh posted, responding to Congress activist Shehzad Poonawalla’s tweet that read “Wonder if there is any Asan to help farmers get rid of debts & increase MSP by 50%? Clearly Modi’s Ashwa-Asan means little #YogaDay2017.”

International yoga day 2017, international yoga day, world yoga day, yoga day celebrations, congress slams yoga day, yoga day tweets, baba ramdev, amit shah Students in Srinagar celebrating World Yoga Day. (Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni said: “This shows the ideological bankruptcy of the Congress. They can can go to any extent in the name of their opposition to the BJP. They should remember that yoga is an ancient cultural heritage of the country and citizens of the country are taking note of this deplorable behaviour of the Congress.”

“Yoga may be thousands of years old, but its importance and relevance has never been greater, than now. As our Prime Minister says, yoga ensures health assurances at zero premium. People from across the world are realizing its importance and adopting it like never before. Yoga has now become India’s most exported product ever,” a BJP leader said, underlining that the Modi government gave yoga a new impetus. “Its efforts to get the International Day of Yoga adopted by the UN deserves wide applause… On Yoga Day, one could see it actively being celebrated from mandals at local level to missions in foreign countries. But just because Narendra Modi is ensuring that India’s proud heritage, yoga, is getting its due, does it mean that his detractors mock yoga?”

“The kind of behaviour forces one to ask the question: How is it that Congress party can ignore and mock the country’s rich cultural heritage? While we have heads of various countries participate in Yoga Day events, the Congress party vice-president chose to ignore Yoga Day event amidst his Vacation-asana. The party, except for a couple of exceptions, gave a miss to Yoga day events. It seemed as if Congress party was registering a protest against the celebration of anything Indian,” the BJP leader said. “The Congress was also trying its best to provoke farmers by using #BJP_KisanMuktasana as if doing Yoga is harmful to interests of farmers. Their concern for the farmers is a bit too rich, especially when Rahul Gandhi is busy vacationing abroad,” the leader said.

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    Rajinder Singh Bhalla
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:42 am
    Yoga is violence to body and mind. Just because it is old does not make it best. We should learn to move on. : healthyindianow /yoga-is-violence-to-body-and-mind/ Check my blog. I would be too happy to join Indian express in reaching out to the public to make sure that health cost of the country comes down to less than 10 of existing levels. I have been able to treat 100s of incurable diseases in less than 7 days using one cure for all diseases. It saves people from multiple organ failure and sure death in 48 hours.
  2. M
    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:52 am
    BJP government has acted against Indian culture and given/ spent hundreds of crores of tax payers money to NGO's in the name of YOGA. India's culture is not to befool Indians in the name of culture and spend their money for private funtions that government has nothing to do.All yoga funtions were private funtions.If the government is convinced of its medical value then they should allow medical reimbur t to its employees spent on Yoga.
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    Niladrinath Mohanty
    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:29 am
    The Congress Party has dug its grave already. Now they have only to jump into it.
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    Chander Pal
    Jun 22, 2017 at 6:19 am
    By opposing yoga, cleanliness drive and even construction of toilets congi party is playing in to the hands of anti Hindu views. You get Osama ji phrase or that imam naik is for peace comment or a senior congi requesting help in removing the present government. There is a total disconnect
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    Purna Varma
    Jun 22, 2017 at 6:01 am
    Wow!!!From Argentina to Canada UK to Norway Russia France to the rest of EU South East Asia from Indonesia to Vietnam China all celebrating IYD. Thanks to Sri Modiji. Lost treasure for human well being is recovered.
  6. S
    Jun 22, 2017 at 5:28 am
    While it may be true that Modi may be a little loud on Yoga, the Congress at ude is shocking! Congress is see more not only as an anti- Hindu party but an anti-national party. It first looted the country during its 2004-14 rule, then Mr. Pappu became the first to talk of Hindu terror, as if it was a world-wide phenomenon !! Indians have lost trust in the present Congress. Congress was good even uptil Rajiv. This can't be called Congress of Gandhi, Nehru or Indira !! We should dump it permanently as there is not a single leader worth supporting!!
  7. M
    Jun 22, 2017 at 5:19 am
    What can you expect from a party who worships the Italians
  8. M
    Jun 22, 2017 at 5:16 am
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