Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his call to celebrate World Yoga Day, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today challenged him to ban liquor in BJP-ruled states if he was “serious about yoga”.

“Yoga’s first principle is abstinence from consumption of liquor. So if you are serious about promoting yoga then ban the liquor first,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Kumar was speaking in Palamu in a conference of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) to demand prohibition in Jharkhand.

This was the second rally of Mr Kumar in the neighbouring state after the roll-out of total prohibition in Bihar in the first week of April this year.

Mr Kumar’s swipe at the Prime Minister came amid questions on why the Bihar Government was not observing Yoga Diwas on June 21.

“Yoga is not a one-day event but it’s a way of life and I don’t know for how many years Prime Minister is doing yoga but I’m doing for the past several years including asana, pranayama and yoga nidran,” he said.

“This government has made everything into a managed event but it never addressed the real issue,” Mr Kumar added.

Mr Kumar also promised that if the JD-U comes to power in Jharkhand, it will implement total prohibition in the state as well.