Haryana health minister Anil Vij calls those opposing yoga 'traitors'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 08:48 IST

Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Tuesday sparked another controversy, dubbing all those opposing yoga as 'traitors'.

The minister tweeted: “Pracheen vidya yoga se Hindustan to saare vishwa mein pehchaan mili hai. Jo log iska virodh kar rahein hain ve deshdrohi hain. Unko apne munh band rakhne chahiye (Yoga has got recognition for India in the world. All those opposing it are traitors. They should shut up).

Vij followed it up with another tweet. “Yoga ka arth hota hai jodna jinka kaam hai todna ve isse kabhi sweekar nahin kar sakte (The meaning of yoga is to unite. Those whose only job is to break will never accept it),” he posted.

Known for his frequent run-ins with mandarins, comments on social media and missives, the irrepressible minister, who regularly takes digs at his party colleagues and rivals, posted the two tweets after participating in a two-and-a-hour long practice session held by yoga guru Ramdev at a stadium in nearby Panchkula.

Ramdev, who is also the state’s ambassador for yoga and ayurveda, held the training camp for chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, his ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats as part of preparations for the big event planned by the state government on June 21, the International Yoga Day.

Taking offence to the minister’s statement, Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry termed it as a sign of lack of tolerance. “The minister does know what he is talking. It is a matter of personal choice of people,” she told HT.

Describing the BJP government’s priorities as lopsided, Choudhry said the state authorities were spending Rs 3.5 crore on organising yoga events instead of attending to problems of people in the state.

“MGNREGA workers are protesting because they have not been provided work. The government is busy holding events when they could have used the money to provide employment to such workers,” she said.

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