Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah attended a yoga session in Patna on Sunday where he lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting a resolution passed by the United Nations to accord recognisation to yoga.
Shah delivered a brief speech at the event marking the International Yoga Day and performed light breathing and neck exercises sitting on his chair.
Describing June 21 as a big day, the BJP chief said, "The proposal of Narendra Modi to celebrate International Day of Yoga got endorsement from over 175 nations and I hope it would emerge as a big global movement."
Coinciding with the arrival of Shah to the venue, many BJP supporters thronged the ground, shouting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogans.
For the whole galaxy of state BJP leaders, it was a platform to exhibit their togetherness ahead of the crucial state elections slated for September-October.
Former Union minister CP Thakur said there was no need to see yoga from any religious or political prism.
"I am a doctor and know the importance of staying healthy. Yoga is the best way of achieving good health. It has benefits and so it cannot be opposed in any way," he said.
State leaders such as Sushil Kumar Modi, Mangal Pandey and Chaurasia, who are known to be health conscious, found it easier to perform the asanas at the event. But others, especially women and elderly leaders, seemed to have a bit of difficulty.
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