Nitish Kumar Still Rationalizing Prohibition in Bihar

Nitish Kumar talking about prohibition at 'Nasha Mukt Diwas' in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Continuing to be consumed by his decision to impose prohibition in Bihar, the Nitish government on Sunday observed 'Nasha Mukti Diwas' (Addiction Free Day) to celebrate ban on the sale or consumption of liquor in Bihar saying it had brought positive changes in the society.

Citing data collected by the administration, Kumar said that the ban on liquor has resulted in lower crime rate and drop in domestic violence cases across the state. He also reiterated his tough stance on those violating the liquor laws saying those who were found to be flouting the rules were asking for tough sentencing including seizure of their properties.

Reacting to reports of prohibition having failed in Bihar and other criticisms from many quarters, the Chief Minister said that just because some people had died of drinking illicit hooch, there was no reason to repeal the law.

"Nearly 80 to 90 murders take place each day across the country. Does that mean that we should do away with laws relating to murders? Our critics should remember that laws cannot be revoked just because a crime has not stopped." he said.

Rubbishing reports of decline in tourism, particularly from foreign countries, since prohibition was imposed in Bihar in 2016, Kumar said that according to his reports, there had been a marked rise in tourism in the state.

"These people do not realize that tourists come to Bihar to perform prayers because Bihar happens to be a religious place and is the land of Buddha. They don't come here to drink alcohol," the Chief Minister said.

On the occasion, Kumar also participated in a prohibition-themed drawing exhibition made by the women of Jeevika, a Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project that aims for social and economic empowerment of rural poor in the state.

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