Union minister Vijay Goel today faced some embarrassing moments at the inauguration ceremony of the 21st National Youth Festival here when he referred to it as 12th NYF drawing a round of boos from the crowd.
While administering a pledge to youths to opt for cashless transactions, the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports began by calling it as the 12th National Youth Festival day.
As Goel made the blooper the public booed him. However, he continued with the pledge.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and state Sports Minister Anil Vij were among those present on the occasion.
The five-day festival at the Maharshi Dayanand University is themed ‘Digital Yuva India’ and is being organised to mark the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Over 5,000 youths from across the country gathered as the National Youth Festival began today celebrating the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Youths from Haryana and other states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala Punjab, and UT Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Chandigarh performed traditional songs and dances as the audience cheered them up.
This year’s theme is ‘Digital Yuva Bharat’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering through video conference. In his address, he exhorted youths to take up and popularise digital transactions.
Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij was also present on the occasion but Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was to attend the programme as the chief guest, did not come.
During the inauguration ceremony, there was a slight technical glitch while the national song was being played. The song stopped midway leaving Vij visibly upset. He was seen reluctantly leaving the stage after all other dignitaries came down.
Later the national flag was also unfurled and the national anthem played. .
Goel had hit the media headlines last summer because of all sorts of wrong reasons.
In an utterly embarrassing development, the Rio Olympics organisers had threatened to cancel the accreditation of Goel, for flouting rules and rude behaviour.
The organisers were visibly miffed with Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel’s entourage, who according to them were unaccredited and yet visiting areas only meant for accredited people