In an unconventional move, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut demanded that all poultry products like eggs, along with chicken meat, be classified as ‘vegetarian’.
The Rajya Sabha MP made the demand in the house on Monday during a discussion on the benefits of ayurveda.
The parliamentarian reportedly stated that the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH, should take a call on whether chicken is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
“Once I had gone to a small hamlet in Nandurbar region. The adivasi people came and served us food. When I ask them what was it, they said it was an ayurvedic chicken. They also said that they take care of it in such a way that after (eating) you will get rid of all illness,” he was quoted as saying.
Raut also claimed that researchers from Choudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh told him that they were researching on ayurvedic eggs.
Researchers claim that the chicken giving ayurvedic eggs are fed only ayurvedic food, which can also be consumed by vegetarians for their protein intake, he said.
Stressing on the importance of traditional systems of medicine, which have the potential to benefit millions, several lawmakers sought an increase in funding for the Ministry of AYUSH to aid better regulation, quality education, and research infrastructure.
Among them was Raut, who demanded Rs 10,000 crore budget for the Ministry.
The Sena leader also claimed that while western countries were warming up to the idea of drinks made of milk and turmeric, Indians were neglecting them.