Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Calls for Nationwide Liquor Ban

CM of Bihar in a speech called for a nationwide ban on liquor after stating that the prohibition in the state has not led to revenue declines.

“It [liquor ban] should not only be implemented in nearby states but also in the entire country,” Kumar said at a convention on “liquor-free India” in New Delhi, the Hindustan Times reported. “It was Mahatma Gandhi’s wish, he had said liquor destroys lives.”

He added: “In the past, at times, alcohol ban has been imposed in the country, but it was revoked later on. It was also imposed in Bihar by former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur but could not be implemented fully.” Kumar added that he had begun planning to impose the liquor ban in Bihar in 2011 and could bring it about finally in 2016.

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