Chandigarh, March 11: In a bizarre statement, Haryana health minister Anil Vij said that the foreign habit of handshake was responsible for the spread of deadly diseases like Swine Flu.
His solution for that is even more funny as he says that one should avoid shaking hands and take to the desi way of saying 'Namaste' to greet people.
He further explained,"You've had a bath, then you go and shake someone's dirty hand, and then all day you keep spreading that dirt to a hundreds of people and so on, which is why we have to rid ourselves of this foreign habit."
ADding to the confusion, he justified saying that,"Whether you say 'Namaste,' or 'Sat Sri Akal,' or 'Allahu Akbar,' or 'God is Great,' say it with folded hands."
Swine Flu has become a deadly disease, which spreads through air and human to human contact. Till now, it has claimed nearly 1500 lives so far and affected 26,000 people. Haryana has seen over 250 cases and 27 deaths, which is credited to the well preparedness of the government.
Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal's chief minister drew media attention with her idea of swine flu, saying that the disease spreads through mosquito bites.
If this does not cause a laughter riot, listen to this. Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar believes that Swine Flu could be a heart disease, which could be checked by planting more trees.
He said,"Swine flu is a heart disease... Hence, BMC will plant trees, develop gardens and parks to check swine flu."