Fasts do not serve any purpose: Sharad Yadav

Bhopal: JD(U) president Sharad Yadav on Thursday said he was against fasts as a means of protest as it relegates issues to the background and only brings people observing it into the spotlight.

Refusing to comment on the fasts by civil rights activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev against corruption, Mr. Yadav said whenever fasts are observed, “issues fail to get importance and after a few days people begin talking about the health of the person holding the fast.”

Soon after the fast, the administration and media starts talking about the person’s blood pressure and weight, he said, adding that because of this, he had not undertaken any fast in his political career.

Mr. Yadav said he was in agreement with views of leaders like Jai Prakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia that fasts “do not serve any purpose and only bring the persons observing it into spotlight.”

While expressing concern at the rising level of corruption in the country, he also said he was confident the nation would overcome the “challenging situation”.

The JD(U) leader said Mr. Hazare and Ramdev may have given a bigger dimension to the issue of corruption but opposition parties have been raising their voice against it earlier too.