The Bihar Government, which landed in a controversy after school children were made to do ‘Surya namaskar’ yoga, said on Tuesday that there was no directive to schools to do the ‘asana’ and accused the Opposition of creating an “unnecessary wrangle”.

“As far as the State Government is concerned, no directive has been issued to schools to conduct ‘Surya namaskar’ by students,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the Assembly.

He said Principal Secretary (Education) has clarified that ‘Surya namaskar’ by students in schools has not been mandated by the government and so there is no question of forcing students of different religious beliefs to perform the yoga against their wishes.