As many as 57 Union Ministers will fan out across the country on Tuesday for the second International Yoga Day programmes, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi participating in a performance in Chandigarh, PTI reports.
The Ministers will lead various government-sponsored programmes, 10 of them in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
June 21 was declared 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 with Mr. Modi performing yoga along with 36,000 people at the historic Rajpath in Delhi.
Ten Ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Gandhi, have been lined up for Uttar Pradesh to lead these programmes.
The series of programmes this year include mass yoga events, workshops and seminars.
Leading from the front
While Mr. Modi will be performing Yoga along with thousands of people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, his colleagues Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have been assigned the task of leading the programmes in Lucknow and Mumbai, respectively. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has been assigned to lead a programme in Vijayawada 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 while Power Minister Piyush Goyal is slated to perform yoga with others in Raipur.
Health Minister J.P. Nadda has been assigned Ahmedabad for the purpose.