Fifty-seven Union ministers will spread across the country on Tuesday for the second International Yoga Day programmes, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing the ancient Indian physical exercise in Chandigarh.
The ministers will be leading various programmes hosted by the government across the country during the mega event. Ten of them will concentrate on poll-bound Uttar Pradesh .
June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga.
Following this, the first International Yoga Day was observed across the world on June 21 last year. Modi performing yoga along with 36,000 people at the Delhi’s historic Rajpath.
The 57 ministers who have been assigned the task of leading this year’s programme include home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley, defence minister Manohar Parrikar and HRD Minister Smriti Irani, among others.
Around 10 ministers, including Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Gandhi, have been lined up for poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to lead these programmes.
The series of programmes this year include mass yoga events, workshops and seminars.
While Modi will be performing yoga along with thousands of people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, his cabinet colleagues Singh and Jaitley have been assigned the task of leading the 2nd IYD programmes in Lucknow and Mumbai
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will lead a programme in Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, while defence minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to participate in Kanpur.
Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu is likely to participate in a programme in the national capital. Power minister Piyush Goyal will perform with others in Raipur. Health minister J P Nadda will visist Ahmedabad for the purpose.