Speaking at an event on the benefits of yoga at the Yoga Mahotsav in Lucknow on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said namaz is similar to Surya Namaskar.
The Financial Express quoted Adityanath as saying:
All asanas (postures) in Surya Namaskar, pranayama are similar to the namaz done by our Muslim brothers. But nobody ever tried to bring them together because a few people were interested only in ‘bhoga’ (benefits), not yoga.
He also asserted that there will be ‘Ramrajya’ in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking about his appointment as CM, he said BJP Chief Amit Shah suddenly called him to ask whether he'd like to become the UP CM the next day.