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Samajwadi Party observes Yoga Day with cycle yatra

Akhilesh Yadav was invited to the Yoga Day event in Lucknow by the Yogi Adityanath government for the event

india Updated: Jun 21, 2017 16:55 IST
Samajwadi Party President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav(PTI)

The Samajwadi Party celebrated the International Day of Yoga day on Wednesday by undertaking ‘cycle yatras’ across Uttar Pradesh.

Directives were issued to partymen by SP National President Akhilesh Yadav to take out cycle yatra at all district headquarter from 6 am and later perform yoga as per their convenience at their homes.

The party’s move has been seen as a counter to BJP’s yoga day programme in Lucknow in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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“On directions of SP National President Akhilesh Yadav cycle yatras were taken out in the district headquarters by respective presidents and party office bearers on International Day of Yoga to give a message of environment conservation and health awareness”, SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.

Cycle is the election symbol of the Samajwadi Party.

Though Akhilesh has been extended an invitation by the Yogi government for the event in the city, he did not turn up at the venue.

When the SP was in power, it had shunned official celebrations on this day.