PM Narendra Modi tweets video of his rigorous fitness routine

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He also passed on the fitness challenge to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, table tennis player Manika Batra and IPS officers, especially those above 40 years of age. I also practice breathing exercises.

Modi's video was in reply to a challenge he had gladly accepted from cricketer Virat Kohli in May.

"I am delighted to nominate the following for the #FitnessChallenge: Karnataka's CM H.D. Kumaraswamy". India's pride and among the highest medal winners for India in the 2018 CWG, @manikabatra_TT. Yoga-treadmill r part of my daily workout regime.

One of Narendra Modi's most enduring images as prime minister has him performing yoga on Rajpath, New Delhi's main boulevard, along with hundreds of Indians behind him.

Thereafter, he also posted two tweets appealing "every Indian to devote some part of the day towards fitness".

CM HD Kumaraswamy politely declines PM Modi's Fitness Challenge; says more worried about fitness of Karnataka
Kumaraswamy responds to PM Modi's fitness challenge: 'Support me to keep state fit'

Earlier, when Modi had accepted Kohli's fitness challenge, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had dared the PM to accept a "fuel challenge", asking him to reduce the spiralling fuel prices or face a nationwide stir by his party. He added that although he supported the cause, he was more concerned about the fitness of his state as far as development was concerned and sought the Prime Minister's support on the same.

The fitness challenge was started by Union Minister Raghavendra Rathore.

The Prime Minister advised the citizens to "Practice any set of exercises you are comfortable with and you will see the positive difference it will make in your life!"

As the fourth International Yoga Day will be celebrated on June 21, PM Modi has been sharing his love for yoga on social media. Mr Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Chief Minister on May 24, after PM Modi's BJP, which failed to win an outright majority, couldn't get the numbers to pass a floor test.

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