New Delhi: Drawing similarities between namaz and surya namaskar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said there were many similarities in posture while performing the two.
"Surya Namaskar me jitne aasan aate hain, usme jo Pranayam ki kriyaein hain wo Muslim bhai jo Namaz padhte hain usse milte-julte hain (Surya Namaskar and several 'asanas' (yoga postures) are similar to the postures used while offering Namaz)," he said.
The CM also said that before 2014 even talking about yoga was considered communal.
Addressing the gathering, he said that people did not even give alms to the "yogis" but Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave him the responsibility of entire Uttar Pradesh.
"I have been chosen by the people and my party. I know this state like my home and I have solution for each and every problem of the state... Had I not accepted the post of Chief Minister, people would have said that I am running away from my responsibilities," the Uttar Pradesh CM said.
He added that he was not hesitant of taking tough decisions.
He also spoke on the issue of demonetisation and how the entire nation's positive thinking can improve the country's economy.
Taking exception to Yogi's unusual comparison, Rajya Sabha MP D Raja, CPI, said now yoga is being linked with religious practices. He wanted to know "why are they giving it a religious angle".
On Sunday, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien pitched for making yoga a compulsory subject in schools across the country as he said the practice helps in holistic development of one's personality.
"Even now I believe, that yoga should be compulsorily made a subject in the curriculum of the schools and higher schools in the country and that is for the holistic development of the personality of the students," he added.
Yogi made the remark at the 80th anniversary celebrations of Prajapita Brhamkumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, a spiritual non-government organisation (NGO), at its headquarters on Abu Road in Sirohi district of Rajasthan.ALSO READ: First Day, First Show of Yogi Adityanath Govt Brings in Ban on 2 Slaughterhouses