Janata Dal (United) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Monday said that while there is a buzz around International Day of Yoga on June 21, there should also be a thought about imposing prohibition, as consuming liquor “nullifies” the benefits obtained from practising yoga.
Talking to journalists after his two-day visit, during which he held meetings with party workers and supporters, Yadav was speaking on yoga in the context of price rise. “Never have the prices of pulses crossed Rs 200 per kg. People who have empty stomachs can not perform yoga,” he said and added that, “If one consumes liquor and performs yoga, what will happen? The benefit will be nullified. Hence we implemented prohibition in Bihar and want it elsewhere too.” He also said that the BJP had turned yoga into a “tamasha (spectacle)”. “From Buddha to Mahaveer to sage Patanjali, yoga is an exercise to be done solitarily,” he said.
Speaking on his visit, Yadav said that prohibition should be imposed in Rajasthan too. Already, JD(U) leaders are increasingly visiting the state in hopes of a revival here. Just last month, party leader K C Tyagi held meetings with organisations under the umbrella of Lok Sangharsh Morcha, which have been calling for a ban on liquor here. Yadav said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is also “scheduled to visit” Rajasthan but the dates have not been decided yet.
Yadav said that the party has weakened here “immensely” over two decades. Recounting the 1990s, Yadav said that the then Janata Dal was a formidable force. In the 1990 elections, Janata Dal held 55 of the 200 assembly seats in the state. Currently, the JD(U) has no MLAs in the state and in 2008, it won just one of the four seats it contested.
Yadav also attacked the state and central government over unfulfilled promises, saying that they are just “Hawa-Mahal” (hollow) when it comes to fulfilling promises. “BJP in the Centre claimed it will provide employment to two crore people annually in its five years, it can be seen nowhere; it promised water for every farmer but they do not even have an action plan for drought in 12 states. They just renamed the project of cleaning Ganges to Namami Ganges, but does renaming solve any problem?” he said.