Patna: While the whole world is celebrating the International Day of Yoga in style, politicians from the ruling side in Bihar appeared less interested in the same and skipped the Yoga Day event held in the state's capital on Tuesday.
As per reports, the Yoga day event was organised at Patna's historical Gandhi Maidan by Patanjali Yogapeeth.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, whose organization had made elaborate arrangement for the day, had invited several leaders and ministers from ruling party as well as leaders from the Opposition to attend the event.
However, some senior Bihar ministers today skipped the event which was attended by a large number of state BJP leaders.
Union Minister for Telecommunications Ravi Shankar Prasad, who spearheaded the Yoga Day celebration in Patna, was joined by several BJP leaders like Prem Kumar, Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly and legislators Nitin Navin, Sanjeev Chaurasia and Arun Kumar.
However, Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav, Education Minister Ashok Chowdhary and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav from Bihar government who were invited to attend the event refused to share stage with BJP leaders and therefore skipped the event.
The three Bihar ministers were conspicuous with their absence as the chairs with their names remained vacant.
Speaking on the occasion, Prasad attacked the missing Bihar ministers without naming any.
"Yoga unites, does not divide. Yoga is above politics, power and any kind of opposition. Yoga should not be turned into ring for politics. Yoga is above ideology", said Prasad.
BJP MLA Sanjeev Chaurasia too attacked the Bihar government ministers over their absence asserting that it was Bihar government which was playing politics over Yoga.
"Bihar government feels that Yoga celebration is all about communalism and therefore they have chosen not to attend the event. This is unfortunate that they are playing politics over Yoga", said Chaurasia.