Nitish Kumar snubs PM Modi, skips International Yoga Day celebrations in Patna

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Hindustan Surkhiyan Desk:Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday distanced himself from International Yoga Day celebration in Bihar.

Last year too Kumar and his party JDU kept away from celebrations in Bihar but he was then with the Grand Alliance along with the RJD and Congress. This time Kumar skipped the event despite being part of the NDA.

A mass yoga session was organised in Patna by the state health department, headed by BJP leader Mangal Pandey, at the Patliputra Sports Complex. Governor Satyapal Malik, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and others took part in the event.

Defending Nitish Kumar, his deputy and BJP leader Sushil Modi said it is not necessary that everyone comes out to participate.

“Why do you want to make an issue out of Nitish Kumar’s absence?” Modi said.

“It is not a question about the JDU. I know more than dozen people present here who are from the JDU. Don’t people from the RJD and the JDU practice Yoga? It is not necessary that everyone comes out to participate,” PTI quoted Modi as saying.

Opposition RJD latched on to Kumar’s absence to take a dig at him.

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