20/06/2016 11:34 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Yoga Is Irrelevant Unless You Ban Alcohol In The Country, Nitish Kumar Tells PM Modi

FILE- In this June 5, 2013 file photo, Bihar state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, listens to a speaker during a conference of the chief ministers of various Indian states on Internal Security in New Delhi, India. The alliance led by Kumar defeated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party in a crucial election in one of India's most populous states. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, file)

On Sunday, while Baba Ramdev took Rajpath by a storm by showcasing his Yoga moves to about 3,000 people as Kailash Kher kept singing in the background, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar thought that wasn't a good enough way to make Yoga relevant.

The Bihar Chief Minister told a mass gathering in Jharkhand that “yoga is irrelevant unless ban on liquor is also imposed.”

At a public meeting in Palamu, Jharkhand, which was organised by a women’s group in favour of prohibition, Kumar asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban liquor at least in the BJP-ruled states, reported The Hindu.

“Yoga is a natural treatment process but it would be irrelevant unless a ban is imposed on sale of liquor across the country.”

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.

The Bihar Chief Minister also said that Modi should not take credit for the alcohol ban in Gujarat because the state imposed the restriction before Independence. Kumar said that when Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) leader Babulal Marandi becomes the Chief Minister again, liquor will be banned in Jharkhand as well.

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