Yoga unites all? Well, not Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and LG Najeeb Jung

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2015 14:10 IST

They say yoga unites all. But not Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his bête noire lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.

Kejriwal and Jung, fresh from their turf war over key appointments in the Delhi government, came to the Rajpath early on Sunday morning for the yoga day celebrations but positioned themselves on different sides of the central vista.

According to the official arrangements, Kejriwal was to sit just two chairs away from Jung in the VVIP zone. But both decided not to be mere spectators and joined the gathering in performing yoga asanas.

Video:Kejriwal at Yoga Day celebrations

Kejriwal, accompanied by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, arrived at the venue much before Jung came in. As the media went into a frenzy, Kejriwal did not go to the chair assigned for him but sat on a yoga mat in a zone facing the South Block.

Both Jung and Kejriwal studiously avoided each other.

A few months ago, Kejriwal, who suffers from high sugar level and chronic cough, underwent a 10-day therapy session at Swamy Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana in Bangalore.

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The co-founder of the institute, yoga guru HR Nagendra, too was present at the celebrations at Rajpath and sat on the dais with his other disciple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was Modi who recommended Kejriwal should go to Nagendra to cure his illnesses.

But Nagendra perhaps could not see on Sunday how Kejriwal performed the 15 asansas that were part of the event.

Nagendra was at least 75 metres from the area where Kejriwal was twisting and bending his body to do various asanas. Eyewitnesses, however, could sense from the ease with which he performed that he is well versed with yoga.

Before the session started, Jung and Kejriwal posed for selfies with fans but they never came close to each other.

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