Kanhaiya Kumar Wrong on Prohibition; Says Nitish

JNU student union President Kanhaiya Kumar speaking at S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a press conference following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, schooled Communist youth icon Kanhaiya Kumar on his fundamental rights saying drinking alcohol was not one of the many basic rights as defined in the Constitution.

Reacting to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader who, while socializing with former alcohol retailer in Patna Vinod Jaiswal, had expressed his opposition to prohibition saying drinking was an individual decision and probation an infringement on one's basic rights, the Chief Minister said that Kanhaiya Kumar was wrong as drinking was not a fundamental right.

"As per the directive principles of state policy (Article 47) in the Constitution, it is the duty of the state to discourage consumption of alcoholic drinks and or drugs that are harmful to one's health," Kumar said.

Kanhaiya, who is on a two-day tour of Bihar to enhance his political resume, had earlier said that any attempt to impose national prohibition would amount to an assault on personal freedom. "If one wishes to drink in private settings, he should be allowed to drink," he had said while hanging out with former liquor retailer Vinod Jaiswal.

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