Special / "New India" Tweets Rahul Gandhi With Dog Squad Yoga Pic, Amit Shah Hits Back

NDTV : Jun 22, 2019, 10:28 AM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in an apparent dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'New India' vision, today shared a picture of the Army's dog squad imitating yoga postures done by their trainers on International Yoga Day, an event celebrated with much grandeur every year. Home Minister Amit Shah, taking an exception to Mr Gandhi's tweet, said the "Congress stands for negativity".

"Today, their negativity was seen in their clear support to the medieval practice of Triple Talaq. Now, they mock Yoga Day and insult our forces (yet again!)," Mr Shah tweeted.

Mr Gandhi's tweet also did not go down well with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

"With due respect to you, Rahul Gandhi Ji, these are proud members of the Indian Army and they contribute to the safety of our nation," he tweeted.

The photos of the dog unit practicing yoga were originally shared by the official handle of the Defence spokesperson.

After the tweet, "dogs" started to trend on Twitter and Mr Gandhi's tweet got over 17,000 likes. However, most seemed clueless what the Congress lawmaker meant. Many were offended.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel from Animal Training School (ATS) performed ''asanas'' with dogs on the river bank of Lohit Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.

The dog squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) was seen performing along with their trainers in Jammu.

The theme of this year's Yoga Day is "Climate Action." Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his first address at the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, had proposed to mark June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, which was unanimously accepted by the member countries.