Saturday, 15 December, 2018

I am more concerned about developing state's fitness: HD Kumaraswamy to PM

CM HD Kumaraswamy politely declines PM Modi's Fitness Challenge; says more worried about fitness of Karnataka PM Modi accepts Virat Kohli's 'Fitness challenge', releases video of himself undertaking Yoga
Celia Hoffman | 13 June, 2018, 16:42

It follows a trend of homemade motivational fitness videos from prominent Indians, including the national cricket captain, Virat Kohli, in an effort to tackle obesity and poor health among the country's 1.25 billion people. Mr Modi also nominated Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Table Tennis player Manika Batra to take up the challenge and share their personal fitness videos.

"Here are my morning exercises".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted his #FitnessChallenge video on Twitter on Wednesday.

"This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating", PM Modi said before throwing the fitness challenge gauntlet to, among others, the Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who is the Karnataka chief minister. The prime is seen walking, stretching and doing breathing exercise on a Panchtatvas track in his garden.

However, Karnakata CM HD Kumaraswamy responding to Modi's fitness challenge said that he is more concerned about development and fitness of the state and seeks his support for the same. "Dear @narendramodi ji. I am honoured and thankU very much for d concern about my health". I believe physical fitness is important for all and support the cause.

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"Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon", the PM had tweeted in May in reply to Kohli's challenge.

The #FitnessChallenge was started by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on May 22.

The official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister posted the video and captioned it as, "Here are moments from my morning exercises".

Not just Kumaraswamy, PM also nominated the "CWG 2018 medal victor Manika Batra and entire fraternity of courageous IPS officers", especially above 40 years of age, he said. India's pride and among the highest medal winners for India in the 2018 CWG, Manika Batra.

"Majority of middle-class citizens live amidst stink from open defecation by slumdwellers & smoke from waste burning & fuelwood", posted one Twitter user, Naresh Minocha.

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