THE Lucknow Liquor Association has planned to protest the visit of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is coming to the state capital Sunday to address a convention to push for the ban on liquor, a model he recently adopted in his own state and claiming to have achieved success.
Association’s general secretary Kanhaiyya Lal Maurya said they would show black flags and raise slogans asking the Bihar CM to “go back”. He said the association members would assemble on Kanpur Road near the airport for the protest, adding they would also demonstrate when Nitish’s fleet will be heading towards the city.
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Maurya said their opposition was over the fact that Nitish’s advocacy of ban on liquor was “mainly for political gains”. “There are around 27,000 shops of liquor and ‘bhaang’ in UP and around 20 lakh people are in the business. A ban on liquor sale will affect the livelihood of all these people,” he said.
Maurya said that the ban will incur loss to the UP exchequer, which has set a revenue target of Rs 19,250 crore from liquor sale for fiscal 2016-17. Maurya also said that there are various other mediums to advocate reduction in liquor consumption like creating awareness through advertisements or warning messages. “But a ban on sale is not the solution,” Maurya argued.