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Cornered Over Bihar Liquor Deaths, Nitish Kumar Targets Both Ally BJP And Adversary RJD


Cornered Over Liquor Deaths, Nitish Kumar Targets Both Ally And Adversary

Nitish Kumar has called a review meet after the deaths due to consumption of poisonous liquor

Patna:

“Some people have turned against me over the prohibition policy,” Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today, in a veiled swipe at both ally and adversary.

Speaking to the media a day before a review meeting on the state’s prohibition policy against the backdrop of the over 60 deaths due to consumption of poisonous liquor, the Chief Minister said some people were not happy with the prohibition in place. “There can be individual opinions. But we have listened to the people, to women and to a large number of men too. Most people are against liquor. We follow Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi) principles. Whatever he had said, we have implemented.”

Asserting that the prohibition policy was implemented with the approval of all parties, Mr Kumar questioned, “Have they forgotten that this was implemented with everyone’s approval? Had any party opposed it then, be it the ruling side or the opposition?”

Referring to the deaths, the Chief Minister said it is a serious matter and called for spreading more awareness on prohibition, that “if you drink, you will die”.

“Since 2018, we have spread awareness on how many people have died and taken ill due to liquor consumption. We will publicise this more,” he said.

Mr Kumar’s statements come at a time when his flagship prohibition policy has come under fire over deaths due to consumption of poisonous liquor and the rise of the liquor mafia in the state.

Besides criticism from main opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Mr Kumar’s pet policy has also drawn the disapproval from state president of ally BJP Sanjay Jaiswal. Soon after the recent series of deaths, Mr Jaiswal had said there is “definitely a need to review this policy” and also raised questions on the administration’s role.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav trashed the review meeting as useless. “The Chief Minister is surrounded by the same officials, what is different? How many review meetings have been conducted by the Chief Minister, have the incidents decreased or have they gone up?,” said Mr Yadav, also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.



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