Not ready to lift the ban on liquor in Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that the prohibition has brought positive changes and he is not going to ruin it. He also advised those who are left dry after the ban to drink juice rather than liquor.
“Such big positive change has come in, why ruin it for a peg or two? Turn off the lights and drink juice, you will feel its the same,” Nitish Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI.
He spoke about the sense of fulfillment the prohibition on liquor had given him. “The happiness and satisfaction that I achieved from banning alcohol was something I never achieved before,” he claimed.
Kumar also refused to term the recent hooch tragedy in Gopalganj, in which 18 persons died, as “failure of prohibition”, saying
such incidents have happened in states where there was no ban on liquor.
“Some people started saying prohibition has failed in the wake of hooch tragedy in Gopalganj. But, there has been bigger hooch incidents in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha where there is no ban on alcohol,” he said while addressing a workshop of doctors from rural areas on prohibition.
Listing the virtues of the decision to declare Bihar a complete dry state in April last, Kumar said, “Steps taken by the state government (on alcohol ban) cannot be retreated.”
The Chief Minister said it was he who had ordered a probe on the basis of circumstantial evidence and media reports into the Gopalganj tragedy last month.
Asserting that the ban on alcohol has given him satisfaction which no other work has provided, Kumar stressed on public awareness alongside strict enforcement of the new liquor law for better results.