Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy responds to PM Modi’s fitness challenge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month accepted cricketer Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge, which began with sports minister Rajyavardjan Singh Rathore’s fitness campaign on Twitter.

  • Modi nominated CM Kumaraswamy for the fitness challenge.
  • Modi accepted a similar challenge from cricket captain Virat Kohli.
  • Opposition has targeted BJP lately over the viral fitness challenge.

“I believe physical fitness is important for all… but I am more concerned about development of my State and seek your support for it,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said on Twitter.

The choice of Mr Kumaraswamy, who recently failed the BJPs attempts to form a government in fractured Karnataka by forming an alliance with the Congress, may generate some political buzz.

“Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature – Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice
breathing exercises,” PM tweeted.

In the video that is more than a minute long, Mr. Modi is seen walking in stones, sand, grass, and water besides doing other free hand exercises. Keeping up the trend of nomination, the PM was “delighted to nominate” newly elected Karnataka CM H. D. Kumaraswamy, CWG medal winning table tennis player Manika Batra, and the entire fraternity of IPS officers, “especially those above 40”.

PM Modi also asked people to devote some time to exercise every day. “I appeal to every Indian to devote some part of the day towards fitness. Practice any set of exercises you are comfortable with and you will see the positive difference it will make in your life!,” he tweeted.

His previous videos explained the Pawanmuktasana, Setu Bandhasana, Shalabhasana, Ardha Chakrasana, Vajrasana, Vrikshasana, Bhujangasana among others.

This whole challenge chain was started by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who put up a fitness challenge video and urged people to keep fit and post their videos online.