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Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the dinner hosted by the President of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama, at the White House, in Washington. PTI Photo

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the dinner hosted by the President of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama, at the White House, in Washington. PTI Photo

Lakhs stretch for International Yoga Day, PM leads event
Chandigarh/New Delhi, June 21 (PTI) Lakhs of people
across India and abroad stretched themselves in various
postures to mark the second International Yoga Day today as
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the main event in Chandigarh,
performing asanas, maintaining that yoga is not a religious
Dressed in a white T-shirt and trousers with a scarf
around his neck, Modi joined over 30,000 people including
defense forces personnel and school children for the event and
asked people to embrace yoga like they have taken to mobile
phones, saying "it gives us health assurance at zero budget".
He also pitched for treating diabetes through Yoga and
announced two awards including international Yoga awards for
excellent work in the field.
President Pranab Mukherjee kicked off the celebrations at
Rashtrapati Bhavan with around 1,000 persons participating in
a mass yoga event.
The day had its share of controversies with Kerala Health
Minister and senior CPI(M) leader K K Shailaja expressing
reservations over rendering of a Sanskrit 'shloka'.
Taking part in the state-level Yoga event in
Thiruvananthapuram, the Minister asked the officials whether
the 'shloka' was necessary to be included in the programme
schedule and suggested a commonly accepted prayer could have
been included at the event.
No official programme was organised by the Nitish Kumar
government in Bihar where Union minister Ravishankar Prasad,
led thousands of people in observing the fitness regime.
In Puducherry, Chief Minister V.Narayanasamy and his
ministerial colleagues, who were scheduled to participate in
the yoga day celebration, were conspicuous by their absence.
Lt Governor Kiran Bedi led participants at the mass yoga
Union Ministers fanned out to various states to lead the
yoga day celebrations.
Braving rains, Home Minister Rajnath Singh participated
in the main programme at KD Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow.
In Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and
Union Minister Uma Bharti were present at the event venue.
However, Bharti was seen sitting on a chair and did not
perform asanas due to health reasons. She only did some
breathing exercises.
While Governor Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra
Fadnavis led the functions in Mumbai, the event in Madhya
Pradesh was led by HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performed asanas at the state
level event in Vijaywada.
The day also saw nearly 2,000 pregnant women setting a
record by performing yoga in Gujarat's Rajkot.
At the United Nations, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
asked citizens across nations to embrace healthier choices to
mark the International Day of Yoga. PTI