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RJD Leader Comes out Strongly against Prohibition Laws

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Patna: Much to the frustration of Chief Minister turned anti-alcohol evangelist Nitish Kumar, a senior member of his own alliance challenged the legality of the 'Talibani' liquor laws saying t impose fine and punishment on an entire family because one member of a family broke the prohibition laws was not only 'draconian' but also illegal.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, not holding back anything against the Chief Minister on Thursday, slammed Kumar of crossing the limit when he imposed his diktat against liquor consumers in clear violation of various civic rights.

"He knows what he has done is absolutely wrong and that is why he is running around trying very hard to rationalize his decision to use draconian measures against anyone who is not aligned with his way of thinking. Frankly, we don't need his explanation anymore; he just needs to do away with the harsh laws that do not make any sense," Singh said.

Saying even the Janata Dal – U leaders were not in favor of the new laws, the RJD leader said that the new Excise law was passed due to the action of the whip and not because everyone agreed with the Chief Minister on this issue.

Condemning the sacking of ten policemen because they could not effectively implement the prohibition laws, Singh said the actions against the suspended cops were highly disturbing and could set a wrong precedent for days to come.

Objecting to the provision for collective fine in the new Excise Bill, Singh said the law could be in violation of the civic rights of the citizens and must be withdrawn without delay.

Meanwhile, Vashisht Narayan Singh, JD-U state President and a strong backer of Nitish Kumar, rubbished the objections posed by the RJD leader saying the law was passed with the consent of all members of the Grand Alliance and those who were speaking against it were free to speak their mind but the new law was here to stay.

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