Prohibition has only Helped the Liquor Mafia: Tejaswi

Tejaswi Yadav on campaign trail.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, while campaigning in Hajipur on Wednesday, tore into the Nitish-led NDA government in Bihar over prohibition saying the ban on alcohol turned out to be a boon for the liquor mafia that was making a killing by delivering bottles to homes at price many times higher over their normal price.

"Those who want to drink and are willing to pay are being home-delivered by smugglers and liquor mafia agents. The bottle that used to sell for Rs. 200 is now being sold at Rs. 1500. The ban has been proven to be godsend for the liquor mafia while proving to be a farce for the rest of the people," Yadav, who was the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar when prohibition was imposed in the state, said.

The RJD leader, who has taken over the leadership of the party in the absence of his father who remains incarcerated in a Ranchi jail in connection with many cases related to the fodder scam, also accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of encouraging sand mafia by imposing ban on the sale of sand by legitimate contractors and builders.

Taking aim at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yadav said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was determined to abolish reservation and scrap the constitution in a move to turn India into a full dictatorship.

"This is not just an election; it's an attempt to save reservation that is enshrined in our constitution. This is also a battle to get justice for Lalu Ji. When I went to see my sick father in the jail, I was denied a meeting with him. This election is all about your rights and the rights of all citizens of India," he said.

Yadav also slammed the NDA government of failing to keep its electoral promises of 2014 saying the Prime Minister had promised to deposit Rs. 15 lakh in every person's account that he failed to follow through.

"Even 'Paltu Chacha' (Nitish Kumar) went back on his words after he said that he would rather die than go back to the BJP," the RJD leader said.

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