"Yoga is irrelevant unless ban on liquor is also imposed," Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Sunday taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He asked Modi to impose prohibition in states that are ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party if he really wants to help people with yoga, reported The Hindu.
Kumar said yoga cannot be practised in its truest form without giving up alcohol. "You cannot have Yoga Day and the sale of liquor hand-in-hand. The Modi government has turned everything into an event management exercise and never addresses the real issues,” he added.
He said Modi should not take credit for the alcohol ban in Gujarat because the state imposed the restriction before Independence. He also insisted that the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha will impose prohibition in their state when it it elected to power.
Criticising Jharkhand's current Raghubar Das-led government, Kumar said the BJP has “increased liquor quota in the bordering areas” instead of taking steps to curb the social evil even as Bihar imposed ban on alcohol. “It is clear violation of the 1915 Excise Act, which prohibits sale of liquor within a limit of 3.6 km from the area under purview of the ban… In Palamu district he has increased the liquor quota by 50%,” he said.