Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced that people would form a mammoth human chain across the state on January 21 in support of the ban on liquor. “Citizens across Bihar would form a massive human chain on January 21 to express strong resolve in support of prohibition,” he said addressing his ‘Chetna Sabha’ programme.
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People would hold each others hand in a programme of about 45 minutes on that day, he said adding that the chain would be formed along different routes passing through districts across Bihar. The routes were being decided, he said.
“Photograph of the human chain would be taken with the help of drones, satellite and cameras in helicopters,” he said adding the programme would be a precursor to “another round of intense campaigning” against liquor from January 21 to March 22 next year.
Kumar, who had on earlier occasions said there have been spikes in the sale of milk and sweets in the state due to the prohibition which came into effect in Bihar from April, told the gathering that sale of plastics and furniture had also increased for the same reason.
“As per official data tax from sale of plastic items like bucket, chair and jug has increased by 65 per cent in the past seven months of prohibition as compared to the same period last year. Likewise tax on sale of hosiery, ready made garments and others has risen by 44 per cent during the period,” Kumar, who is also JD(U) National President, said.
The Bihar CM, who has toured many states in support of prohibition, was accompanied by Finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui. China, he said, had registered development after shunning opium and if India wished to compete with that country it has to first effect prohibition.