Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy urged spiritual leaders to enhance their influence across the country.He was addressing Dharmaraksha Sangamam on Kozhikode beach on Wednesday.
Addressing the mammoth gathering organized by different spiritual groups , he said he was of the opinion that saffron flag was flying high in many states, including Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Gujarat due to their influence.
Even the Bharatiya Janata Party was able to become part of the government in Jammu and Kashmir too, he said.
He expressed gratitude to the organizers for inviting him for the function at a time when the state was in election mode. Earlier inaugurating the congregation, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev urged those who departed Sanathana dharma to come back to its fold.Calling upon the people to remain united, he said colonial masters were able to rule the nation as the countrymen were unorganized. Ramdev said he wanted to set up a higher educational institution in the state in the name of philosopher theologian Shankaracharya.
He also demonstrated few yoga steps enthralling audience. Thousands of people from across northern districts from Palakkad to Kasargod attended the congregation.Videos carrying messages from Kachikama Kodi mutt head Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Sri Sri Ravishanker, Mata Amritanandamani Devi, among others, were shown at the venue.
The programme was jointly organized by Kolathur Adwaidashramam, Art of Living, Matha Amritanandamayi Math, Chinmaya Mission, Sri Ramakrishna Mission and Brahmakumaris.