New Delhi: Challenge Accepted, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to cricket skipper Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge this morning. The response has inspired more challenges – from the opposition.
Bihar leader Tejashwi Yadav, who played cricket before his plunge into politics, has tweaked the challenge to target PM Modi and list what he believes are the government’s failures.
Soon, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala joined in with a series of tweets:
The political heir of veteran politician Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav has been managing the Rashtriya Janata Dal since his father was jailed in January in a corruption case. The 28-year-old is rapidly carving out his own niche with tart tweets and sharp ideas to repeatedly take on the BJP.
Last week, after the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the government as it was the single largest party, Tejashwi Yadav claimed that his party then, deserved a shot at power in Bihar. He even said he would meet the Bihar Governor to ask for his due.
His tweet prompted the Congress to follow suit and triggered a flurry of visits to Governors in several states by the party and Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Yesterday, the Bihar leader was part of the massive opposition gathering at the oath ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The fitness challenge, started by Union minister and Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore on Tuesday, has taken social media by storm. Virat Kohli, who was tagged by the minister, posted a video of himself doing 20 spider planks and tossed the challenge to three others — including the Prime Minister.
PM Modi, a practitioner of Yoga, responded this morning, tweeting, “Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon”.