Liquor Law does not Apply to Ruling Party Leaders; Says Sushil Modi

BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi (file photo).

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Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday accused Bihar Chief Minister of having double standard when it came to implementing tough liquor laws by going soft on his own party leaders who had been caught drinking or having in possession of banned alcoholic drinks.

"The state government has failed to take tough actions against a number of Janata Dal – U leaders who have been caught red-handed breaking state liquor laws. It is clear there are two sets of prohibition laws in the book – one for the general public and the other for the ruling party leaders and supporters. Yet, the Chief Minister is going all over the state touting the success of his liquor laws," the former Deputy Chief Minister said.

Modi mentioned the names of JD-U legislator Shyam Bahadur Singh, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Anuj Rai, Congress legislator Vinay Verma, and JD-U Nalanda President Indrajeet Sen who was arrested after excise officials recovered 168 bottles of liquor from his home back in September.

"Not only Sen was let go; the Chief Minister also got the Excise officials arrested for daring to arrest a JD-U leader. Shyam Bahadur Singh was found drunk only three days ago during which he abused and mishandled several cops. Two days ago, police recovered over 2000 bottles of alcohol from the brick kiln of RJD leader Anuj Rai. In all these cases, Nitish Kumar chose to look the other way since they all belonged to the ruling grand alliance," the BJP leader said.

Modi also asked the Chief Minister to explain what he was doing about Delhi JD-U leader Satish Saini who was recently caught on camera in a sting operation talking about converting Rs. 10 crore in now defunct currencies for a hefty commission of 30 percent.

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