Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Yogi Adityanath virtually outlining the next agenda of his government, drew an analogy between Namaaz and the Suraya Namaskar, mostly practiced by Hindus.
Speaking at a Yoga event here, the CM, called for a clarification on performing Surya Namaskar, noted that it bares many similarities to the Namaz, the Muslims' form of prayer.
"All asanas (postures) in Surya Namaskar, Pranayama activities are similar with the way Namaz is done by our Muslim brothers.But nobody ever tried to bring them together because few people were intrested only in 'bhoga',not yoga," Adityanath said.
The remarks made by the newly elected CM are likely to trigger a fresh debate on the matter once again. Several Muslim bodies have in the past termed Surya Namaskar as anti-Islamic, arguing that their religion does not permit them to do such practices.
Since last year, Surya Namaskar has been made mandatory in schools in Maharashtra, Haryana and Rajasthan ,right after when BJP came to power in the states. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had launched a nationwide campaign against it.
further, the CM praised PM Narendra Modi for taking steps to make Yoga popular across the world during his visits. He said that before 2014, 'even talking about yoga was also considered communal'.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was also present at the dais, praising the work of the seven-day old government, said,"Works done by the government in the last seven days are visible. This is the land of Lord Ram and Krishna... 'Ram Rajya' will be re-established in the state."
The CM, who moved into the official CM bungalow at 5, Kalidas Marg, Lucknow today, thanked the BJP president Amit Shah for giving him an opportunity to head a government which is committed to serve the poor's.
"We are starting our work in the state with a positive energy. We will now hesitate from taking big decisions in the interest of people," he said.
The CM said that if familiar with all the problems of the state and how they can be solved.
"Since I have stayed in UP, traveled from roads to the Parliament, begged as a sadhu on the streets, I know what diseases are affecting UP and also their treatment," he said.
Earlier in the day, he directed the police officials to change their way of working to instill a sense of safety among the public and fear among criminals.
Yesterday, at a meeting, he had also stressed on making the working style of the police transparent, unbiased and corruption-free. The Chief Minister directed police officials to prepare an elaborate work plan at the earliest and ensure that good policing is put in place. He also laid emphasis on field visits to know the ground reality.