The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seen bizarre 'remedies' emerging on a near-daily basis, often from politicians. From advocating cow products to even papad for immunity, politicians have seemingly covered all bases.
Now, Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, the BJP MP for the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency in Rajasthan, has arguably raised the bar on bizarre remedies. Jaunapuria, who is also a businessman, is representing Tonk-Sawai Madhopur for the second time.
In a video uploaded on his Facebook account on Thursday evening, Jaunapuria is seeing sitting in a mud field and blowing a conch shell.
Jaunapuria declares "(It is important) your lungs and kidney are functioning... blowing conch shell is important for this".
Referring to the coronavirus situation, Jaunapuria said it was important to boost immunity. "You will not get immunity by consuming medicines. You will get immunity only naturally. You should go out, into the rain, sit in the mud, do cycling, blow conch shells, eat desi food… There is no need to eat medicines for immunity."
He invited people who are afraid of such suggestions to come to Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, where he would arrange for them to see how villagers had immunity naturally. Jaunapuria claimed even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised the immunity of rural residents.
Jaunapuria said he was not opposed to people using medicines, but reiterated they should head to the outdoors because "your immunity will be strengthened and coronavirus will not come near you".
In the same video, Jaunapuria also promotes consumption of leaves of various fruits and vegetables to boost immunity.
On the occasion of International Day of Yoga on June 21, Jaunapuria had posted footage of him performing yoga in a ring of fire while being caked in mud.