Not yogis but Ulemas emit stink: Bajpai to Azam Khan

Varanasi: The Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai on Tuesday said he finds Ulemas stinking. Bajpai's reaction comes in the wake of Azam Khan's latest statement that it is Yogi (Adityanath), not Yoga that stinks.

Talking to reporters, Bajpai said that the Uttar Pradesh minister should not have linked yoga with religion. “If Khan finds Yogi stinking, then we find Ulemas stinking.”

He, however, later refused to water down his comment, saying his statement was only a reply to Khan.

Few days back, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath had commented that those opposing 'Surya namaskar' should "drown in the sea", responding to his statement, Khan had last week said that the saffron leader should "offer namaz to set his mind on the right track". He further said that Surya Namaskar was a religious exercise that should not be forced upon others.

Later, Yogi Adityanath advised the Uttar Pradesh minister to perform Surya Namaskar, saying the yogic practice will stop him from making absurd statemnts.

"No one takes Azam seriously. He does absured and light talks. I feel that if he does Surya Namaskar with mantras, not only his physical but mental health will also improve and he will stop giving absurd statements," Adityanath had told reporters.

"He can be compulsion for Mulayam Singh Yadav but not for us," the firebrand leader said.

On Monday, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj triggered a fresh controversy, claiming himself to be a true Muslim and dubbed Prophet Mohammed as a "great yogi" and the biggest practitioner of yoga.

"The biggest name in Islam is that of Mohammed and I consider Mohammed saab as a great yogi. A Muslim is one who has 'iman' and that is why called a Mussalman. I am a true Muslim," said the leader, who has made several controversial remarks about minorities in the past.

He further said people should stop communalising the sun.

"If sun does not rise, the whole world will become blind. Those who communalise sun should not take its light," he said.

Ahead of the government's big plans for Yoga Day on June 21, Maharaj said those politicising surya namaskar should know that there are 42 prostrations (sujood) in namaz, which is performed five times a day.

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