Opposition Congress staged walkout from Assembly Wednesday while boycotting the Question Hour on the issue of alleged failure of BJP-ruled Gujarat government in implementing the prohibition policy.
Before walking out of the House, the opposition members did heated protest against the government’s alleged failure to check sale of liquor in the state without fear by bootleggers. The issue cropped up in the House during the Question Hour when a starred question raised by Congress MLA from Danta constituency Kanti Kharadi was under discussion.
Kharadi had sought details about the amount of country liquor, IMFL and beer were seized in Gujarat in last two years. Kharadi also sought details of the total worth of the seized liquor and how much of it was destroyed.
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Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel replied to the question and said that in last two years more than 29,000 litre country liquor was seized. He also added that during the same period total 7,18,712 bottles of IMFL and beer were seized by police. Total worth of the seized liquor was more than Rs 11.3 crore, the minister said.
Out of the seized liquor, Patel added that liquor total worth of Rs 6.01 crore was destroyed.
In his supplementary questions, Kharadi asked why did the government not destroy the remaining liquor. Following this, the Congress MLAs got together and started raising slogans related to alleged failure of the government in implementing the prohibition policy.
Patel replied that they had to take permission of the court through a procedure before destroying the seized liquor. He also said that seizure of so much of liquor showed that the State police was active in implementing the prohibition policy. However, the Congress MLAs kept raising their voice on the issue.
Later, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Shankersinh Vaghela said that the state government should honestly admit that it had failed in implementing prohibition policy on the land of ‘Gandhi and Sardar.’
“Even (police) uniform has failed in deterring the sale of liquor and they are being attacked and people have to conduct janta raids on liquor dens,” Vaghela added. He also referred to OBC leader Alpesh Thakor’s anti-liquor drive and said that the latter had given lists of liquor dens to the LoP and the CM.