Nitish Flabbergasted by RJD's Opposition to Prohibition

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his Sameeksha Yatra on Saturday.

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Samastipur: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during the last leg of the first phase of his so-called 'Sameeksha Yatra', or the 'Review Tour', of the state, spoke before a large gathering in Samastipur on Saturday where once again he spoke about the success of prohibition in Bihar.

After spending some time on how prohibition had brought domestic peace and prosperity in the state as those who were earlier spending their hard-earned money on liquor were now spending the same money on clothing, books, and electronic items, the Chief Minister turned his attention towards his former ally Lalu Prasad Yadav saying he was shocked by the sudden change in attitude of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief who, he said, stood beside him at Patna's Gandhi Maidan in support of the ban when prohibition was launched in Bihar in 2016.

Without mentioning the name of his off again-on again 'elder brother', Kumar, speaking at Sarairanjan in Samastipur district, said that these were the same people who supported him whole-heartedly on the issue of prohibition but now were running around telling everyone that it was a bad idea.

Reports coming from various parts of Bihar, however, contradict Kumar's claim of success in prohibition as not only liquor continue to flow in the state at premium prices and jails are bursting at the seams due to overpopulation, it has also led to the disintegration of families due to family members being rounded up for even the smallest infraction and hauled to jail, and the meteoric rise of bootleggers who are said to be thriving in collusion with the local law enforcement officials.

CM addressing a public rally in Darbhanga on Saturday.CM addressing a public rally in Darbhanga on Saturday.

The Chief Minister expressed his surprise over the change of tone among his detractors saying all those who had joined him to form the human chain earlier this year were now slamming him for making Bihar a dry state in spite of the data collected by him confirming the success of prohibition.

"It (prohibition) has changed the society beyond our wildest imagination. Domestic violence is down sharply, people are able to spend their money on education and other things that make the family strong so how can one say that prohibition has failed in Bihar?" he said.

Kumar, who has been accused of abandoning economic agendas in favor of social justice and reform, also talked about the ills of child marriage and dowry and how he was committed to eradicate both from Bihar.

Earlier in Madhubani, the Chief Minister inaugurated over 500 new schemes to the tune of Rs. 900 crore while in Muzaffarpur, he kicked off schemes worth Rs 461 crore.

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