New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the World Yoga Day on June 21. Earlier, his address was scheduled at Leh, as per the plans made before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, but now he will address the country from the national capital itself.

Leh is in the Ladakh region that saw one of the bloodiest face-offs between India and China this week resulting in multiple casualties on both sides.

While he will talk about the importance of Yoga in today’s life, it is not yet clear whether he will touch upon the India-China face-off. He may himself practice a few yoga moves on live TV, sources said. The broadcast will start at 6.30 am and is likely to last for nearly an hour.

Last year, PM Modi led a grand event on the occasion of International Day of Yoga, from Ranchi. This year the event was scheduled at Leh but the plans were changed due to the pandemic outbreak across the globe.

With the news of the India-China face-off that saw 20 Indian soldiers being martyred and an all-party meeting being convened by the PM on June 19 on the incident, all eyes will be on the Yoga Day broadcast to see whether PM Modi chooses to take up the issue directly.

Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff between the two countries.

Meanwhile, today (June 17), before starting the virtual meeting about the coronavirus situation with state CMs, PM Modi, all CMs, ministers and staff observed two-minute silence for the departed souls and paid condolences to the supreme sacrifice of our brave soldiers.