BJP says alcohol ban law has completely failed in Bihar
The BJP in Bihar said on Saturday that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should review the liquor ban in the state. There were mass demonstrations in the past four days. The BJP is an ally of the ruling JD(U).
Earlier, On November 26, 2015, Nitish Kumar had announced a ban on alcohol in the state from April 1, 2016. He officially declared a total ban on alcohol on April 5, 2016.
The BJP state president and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal pointed out that the liquor prohibition law has completely failed across the state. Liquor mafias are running their illegal operations with the help of the local police.
He said that the Hooch tragedy has already taken a toll on 38 lives so far. The incidents like the Hooch tragedy are taking place only in those villages where liquor mafias are secretly operating without any support from the local police.
Jaiswal further said, “The situation in my constituency (West Champaran) is extremely bad. Liquor manufacturing and sales are taking place in every village. The local police are fully aware of it, but they are hand-in-glove with the entire Nexus of manufacturing, sale, and transportation of liquor.”
His statement came after 15 persons died in Bettiah in West Champaran after consuming spurious liquor since Diwali. Ten deaths each have also been reported from Muzaffarpur and Gopalganj. On Saturday, four persons died in Samastipur as well after consuming spurious liquor.
Jaiswal said that the liquor prohibition law has completely failed in the state. It was imposed in April 2016, and five-and-a-half years have gone by since then. Hence, the Chief Minister should review the law and analyze its positive and negative impacts and take a decision accordingly.
While the JD(U) maintained that the state government will not roll back the liquor ban law.
The JD(U) national president Lalan Singh interacted with media persons in Patna. He said, “We have law pertaining to murder, but still murders take place all over the world. Similarly, the liquor prohibition law will remain intact in Bihar. We will take strong action against the accused involved in manufacturing spurious liquor.”
The Chief Minister has called for a high-level assessment meeting on this issue on November 16. Gaps leading to violation of the law in the state are said to be discussed.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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