Gandhi's Reference a Day Late and a Dollar Short: BJP Leader

BJP leader Prem Kumar slams Nitish Kumar on prohibition.

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Patna: The leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly Dr. Prem Kumar on Friday mocked the 'born-again prohibition evangelist' Nitish Kumar saying where was the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi when as the Chief Minister of Bihar, Kumar was opening liquor shops at each nook and cranny of the state between 2005 and 2015.

Referring to Kumar's recent utterance on his ongoing attempt to justify his decision to impose prohibition in Bihar where he quoted Gandhi as having said that if he could be a dictator for one day only, he would have permanently banned consumption of alcoholic drinks from India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader questioned his motive asking why the Chief Minister never remembered this quote from Gandhi when he was encouraging opening of roadside liquor shops across the state during the first and second term of his government.

"Nitish Kumar is being hypocritical and he knows it. It is surprising he never recalled this quote from Mahatma Gandhi during his first two terms. He has erroneously made prohibition a prestige issue for him and that is why he is running around trying to justify his decision that is wrong in so many ways," the leader of the opposition said.

Accusing the Chief Minister of borrowing a page from the Taliban playbook, the BJP leader said that it was due to the draconian nature of the new law that was forcing policemen all over the state to resign from their jobs since it would be they who will end up in jail for having not able to enforce the new laws.

Prem Kumar said there was a clear split within the Grand Alliance over the prohibition issue as evident by the recent tirade of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh who also called the new law 'too tough' to be practical while also demanding immediate recall of it in its current form.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister is on record saying he would rather be dead than withdraw prohibition from Bihar.

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