Mr Fadnavis became a fitness convert after he took charge as Chief Minister in 2015. His office says he has lost nearly 20 kg with help from Jayashree Todkar, a metabolism and bariatric consultant. From weighing nearly 122 kg, Mr Fadnavis is now down to 100 kg. He follows a strict diet and walks briskly to burn calories even in working hours.
But yesterday at Transform India -- where he shared stage Akshay Kumar and industrialist Ratan Tata -- Mr Fadnavis turned to the burning question before the official business could begin.
"People admire one thing about Akshay -- that he looks just as he looked 20 years ago. He doesn't age," Mr Fadnavis said and asked him to pass on his fitness mantra.
With yoga being a big area of focus for the Narendra Modi government, several BJP ministers have hit the gym. Union ministers Kiren Rijiju and Rajyavardhan Rathore appear to work out together and the former posts photographs of the sessions on Twitter.
Last month, Mr Rijiju said Mr Rathore has inspired him to stick to a fitness regime. While sports minister Vijay Goel applauded the two, Union minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted saying he wished he could be a bit like them.
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