NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be performing Yoga during the official International Yoga Day function at Rajpath on Sunday. He will,however, deliver an address before the programme. Seven persons, including Modi, will be present during the event on June 21 and sources have said that Baba Ramdev will be one of them.
With the June 21 event drawing near, preparations for the path breaking event are gathering momentum. The Centre has requested the Guinness Book of World Records to certify the event as the largest congregation of people performing Yoga at one place. Sources said the government is expecting the participation of some 35,000 people for the 33-minute-long Yoga performance.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said Modi would not perform Yoga on that day and sources said he is likely to give a 15-20 minute speech before the performance. The event will proceed as per the prepared format till 7.33 am, sources said.
Though it is known that seven persons would join Modi onstage, it is not known who all would be present on the dais along with the PM. According to sources, Ayush Minister Sripad Naik, Ramdev and chairman of Yoga organising committee Dr H R Nagendra will join Modi. The names of two others are yet to be officially communicated to the ministry, sources told Express.