Embarrassed by the government of Bihar and its Prime Minister Nitish Kumar, JD (U) leader and chairman of the national parliamentary council of the party Upendra Kushwaha has said that the alcohol ban in Bihar has failed and that citizens should step forward to make it successful.
Kushwaha spoke to reporters in the village of Sighada in the Mahua area of Hajipur district and said the ban on liquor will never be successful only through the efforts of the government.
He said: “It cannot be successfully implemented without public will and support.”
“Can’t you see how successful this ban is? It’s a chain between the suppliers and the consumers, and if the sale of spirits in Bihar stops, so does the consumption,” said the senior JD (U) leader.
“While the liquor ban in Bihar has not been successful, society has benefited immensely from the ban,” he said.
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Kushwaha also called on the people of Bihar to come forward and help the government ensure a complete ban on liquor.
Kushwaha’s statement has deeply embarrassed the government of Nitish Kumar and came after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar ordered strict implementation of the Prohibition Act by cracking down on liquor suppliers.
Alcoholic drink has been banned in Bihar since April 2016 with severe penalties, up to 10 years in prison. In March of this year, the Liquor Amendment Bill was also passed by the Nitish government and implemented from April 1.
Commenting on Kushwaha’s statement, BJP leader and state spokesman Nikhil Anand said he agrees with what Kushawah has said.
“It is true that the prohibition against alcohol in Bihar has not been successful and crime has increased. The people of the state are fed up with a parallel economy that runs in the name of the prohibition of alcohol and crime,” Anand said in a tweet. .