Patna, July 29: To ensure total liquor prohibition in Bihar and across the country, the Janata Dal United JD(U) on Friday welcomed the renowned social activist Swami Agnivesh into his party for the further development of Bihar.
In an exclusive chat with OneIndia, Swami Agnivesh said, "Earlier I was in the Janata Party because of the outcome of Jayaprakash Narayan's great historic movement called 'Total Revolution'. I was an MLA from the Janata Party in Haryana since five years from 1977 to 1982. Then I resigned as minister but later continued to be a part of the party and worked for the welfare of the party."
While praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Swami said, "We have been associated with anti-liquor movement from last 48 years. Earlier, I alongwith my party members started this movement in 1968 in Haryana.When Nitish Kumar introduced total liquor ban in Bihar, I and my colleagues were simply thrilled and excited to strengthen this movement, as it's is a great opportunity for us to take it forward. I was surprised to see women of Bihar coming forward and taking up the political call and voting on their own choice", he added, while praising Nitish Kumar."
On being asked about his sudden decision of joining the JD(U) after assembly elections in Bihar, Swami said "I am in the party to strengthen the anti-liquor movement and to spread it across the country. Total prohibition won't succeed in any of the state because states share borders, that will lead to smuggling and after sometime, crime will increase. This happened in Haryana. So for the successful implementation of complete liquor ban in Bihar, I have joined this party."
"I think prohibition will help realise Jayaprakash Narayan's dream of total revolution. Nitish Kumar has taken a brave step and has inspired people," he said, claiming that it has given fillip to the demand of nation-wide ban on liquor consumption.
Agnivesh also spoke against the Child Labour Law passed by Parliament on Tuesday and said he would launch a campaign against it.
"There is another issue on which I have full assurance that Nitish Kumar will surely take up. The liberation movement of labour is close to my heart and I have discussed it with Nitish and told him, "I was close to the idea of getting National Minimal wages on the lines of the seventh pay commission for the whole unorganised labour."
Swami Agnivesh was also a member of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement but had a fallout over allegation that he wanted the then UPA government to deal strongly with the campaign.