HYDERABAD: Some of them are gym freaks while there are others who are heavily into yoga, swimming, cycling, running and even mountaineering. Though these men in khaki are fit as a fiddle and are no less when compared to their Indian Police Service (IPS) colleagues serving in other states -- many of whom have accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fitness challenge, those officers from Telangana seem to be shying away from accepting the challenge.
Though many IPS officers just chose to say that though they are fit and need not necessarily accept the challenge and post videos on Twitter, they admit in hush-hush tones that accepting Modi’s fitness challenge could be viewed ‘’differently’’ by the powers-that-be, especially at a time when Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has been taking on Modi on various issues, has launched a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front. Interestingly, a majority of the IPS officers who have accepted the PM’s fitness challenge and posted their videos on Twitter, are those from BJP-ruled states. Sources disclosed to Express that though some of them were keen on accepting the challenge and want to post their fitness videos on Twitter, they refrained from doing so after being advised by their colleagues that this move could invite the wrath of the powers-that-be.
‘’Though this has nothing to do with politics, many are vary as accepting the PM’s challenge may be viewed seriously by the state government as many TRS leaders have been attacking the Centre (read PM) on a host of issues. Why take chances and unnecessarily ruffle a few feathers?’’ remarked an IPS officer, on condition of anonymity. Another officer too echoed the same views. ‘‘Modi’s fitness challenge did create a lot of buzz on all WhatsApp groups and there were many, including a few from the state, who were eager to post their fitness videos on Twitter. But, we later realised that this could have consequences,’’ he said. “On the contrary, those IPS officers working in BJP ruled states or where BJP is in coalition) would feel that not accepting the challenge, may not be liked by their political bosses.’’