Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 21:
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today took on Odisha Government for not celebrating ‘International Yoga Day’ officially and called the government “stupid”.
“Staying healthy is not a political activity. This is a social revolution. The State Government is acting stupid because of its lack of knowledge,” said Pradhan speaking to reporters today.
While the State Government didnot celebrate the day officially, opinion of BJD leaders varied person to person.
“Even though June 21 has been announced as International Yoga Day, the celebration is not mandatory. Nowhere it has been said that the day should be celebrated at a government level,” replied BJD Spokesperson Pratap Deb.
Many other leaders in the party, however, voiced their support for Yoga.
“Yoga is a great medicine to heal the body without money,” said Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy.
Similarly, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sudam Marandi advised that everyone should practice Yoga.
“There is a need for Yoga to be practiced everywhere. One should practice it starting from the school days till the end of life. It has enormous positive effects on the life,” said Marandi.
“India is the country of Yoga. The saints practised Yoga and lived for hundreds of years. The Union Government might have started this to recall those days,” said MSME Minister Jogendra Behera.