At Wrestling Championship, CM Talks about Prohibition in Bihar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar giving away prizes to wrestling champions in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: The Chief Minister of Bihar, after maintaining that nearly three crore people took part in the last Friday's 'World's Longest Human Chain' to publicize prohibition in Bihar, tweaked the number on Monday by one crore saying the actual number, after receiving reports from all districts, stood at four crore making it, without any doubt, the world's largest participation in any such event.

"We already knew that more than three crore people were lined up at designated routes across the state but then we received reports from other parts of the states where people made human chain in areas that were not part of the official route. This makes it the world's largest participation in any such event," Kumar said while speaking at the conclusion of the wrestling tournament held at Pataliputra Sports Complex in Patna on Monday.

Wrestling tournament at Pataliputra Sports Complex in Patna.Wrestling tournament at Pataliputra Sports Complex in Patna.The Chief Minister who is not done talking about prohibition in Bihar despite the completion of nearly a year since it was imposed in the state, said that Bihar had fundamentally changed since the ban on alcohol by his administration.

"Clothing sale in Bihar, since the imposition of prohibition in the state, has skyrocketed by 44% while sale of sewing machine has gone up by 19%. Families are happy and those who used to quarrel with each other under the influence of alcohol are now smiling at each other. The money that they used to spend on liquor are now being used to buy vegetables," he said.

Kumar urged the wrestlers not to get into the habit of consuming alcoholic drink saying it affected both mind and body of the consumer.

"Just think about it; if you drink alcohol, how do you expect to take part in wrestling competitions," he asked urging the participants to go back to their respective states and demand imposition of total prohibition by their state governments.

The Chief Minister said that his government was committed to build a sports academy of 'international level' in Rajgir that would equip Bihar's youths to compete in world events.
Congratulating the winners, Kumar said that wrestling was a sport of every household in the village and has deep roots in the history of India.

"Jarasandh's Akhara' in Rajgir is well known for its wrestling history. Its soils were irrigated with milk and one can still see the whiteness in its soil," Kumar said adding the youths of Bihar, besides engaging in sporting activities, should also focus on their studies for a well-rounded personality development.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed out prizes to the winners of the tournament.


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