Those who Enjoy Drinking should Move to Non-Dry States; Says Nitish

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly.

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Patna: Clearly annoyed by the widespread criticism being hurled at him for imposing 'Talibani' rules to enforce prohibition in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday admitted of being 'drunk by his desire to enforce total prohibition' saying come hell or high water, he was not going to ease up on his decision to make drinking serious crime than ever before.

"Yes I am intoxicated by my desire to enforce prohibition in Bihar in its totality. Those who do not like it are free to move to some other state," the Chief Minister said at Bihar Assembly where the Cabinet passed amendments to the Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016.

While 150 legislators cast their votes in favor of stringent punishment for those who buy, sell, or drink alcoholic drinks, 46 opposed it amidst walk out by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

As reported before, one of the new provisions in the Excise Act calls for the arrest of all adult members in a family if a bottle of liquor was recovered from their house.

The new law has attracted widespread criticism of Nitish Kumar who has been accused of abandoning other major issues being faced by Bihar like crime, unemployment, lack of quality health care, flood, drinking water, and poor road condition across the state in favor for his anti-alcohol crusade.

When asked if the Chief Minister would also advocate arresting all adult members of a family where one person commits rape or murder or when a government employee takes bribe, a JD-U leader close to Kumar ducked the question saying the Chief Minister was only concerned with implementing laws affecting prohibition and no other agenda was on his mind.


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