CHANDIGARH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined more than 30,000 peoples for the second International Yoga Day festivities in Chandigarh as he pitched for treating diseases like diabetes through the antiquated spiritual discipline .

Modi, wearing a white-hued shirt and trouser alongside a scarf, led more than 30,000 members, including defence force and school students, for the second International Day of Yoga festivities here at the Capitol Complex in the midst of tight security.

The Prime Minister, who touched base here the last evening, took an interest in a mass show of ‘Regular Yoga Protocol’. A yoga lover himself, he performed yoga “asanas” alongside the general population at the occasion.

Over 30,000 people from all ages — 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana — performed yoga ‘asanas’ on pink and blue coloured mats during the event. Separately, about 10,000 people also performed yoga at over 100 other locations in Chandigarh itself.

Earlier addressing the gathering, Modi pitched for treating diabetes through yoga.

“I want to request trainers who are associated with yoga, from this public platform. From next year when we celebrate yoga day, in this one year, you continue to do what you do for yoga but focus on one subject and this is my subject — diabetes — Diabetes and yoga,” he said.

“All people belonging to the yoga field, whatever knowledge they have, they must continue with the rest of their yoga activities but this (diabetes) must be the main focus,” Modi said.

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