Bihar chief minister, who has been championing the agenda of total prohibition across the country, said the state is becoming an example for effective enforcement of liquor ban in just seven months and even people in Gujarat, where the prohibition has been in place for decades, are demanding their government to amend the laws on the stricter lines of Bihar.
Addressing a Chetna sabha on the first day of his Nishchai yatra in West Champaran on Wednesday, Nitish said, “There was a huge rally in Gujarat recently, in which the people demanded effective implementation of liquor ban. They demanded strictness in its enforcement like in Bihar. Even people in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Maharashtra have been demanding alcohol ban and have invited me there.”Nitish, also the JD (U) president, has embarked on several yatras such as Sampark yatra, Sankalp yatra, Nyay yatra etc in the past, and this time he is seeking feedback from the people on prohibition as well as the implementation of his Saat nishchai scheme. This has given a chance to his party to target PM Narendra Modi and posters reading Wo videsh bhraman par rehte hai aur hamare CM gaon gaon mein jakar logo se milte hai… Fark dikhta hai (One can see the difference when he (Narendra Modi) is always on foreign tours and our CM always visiting villages, meeting people) can be seen across the state capital and on social media platforms.
The opposition, however, hit back asking CM to evaluate the promises made to people during his earlier yatras to justify the present one. The leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Prem Kumar said the BJP workers will stage protests wherever the CM goes as the yatra is just an eye wash for the people. “It is one year since the Mahagathbandhan got public mandate in Bihar but the government is just trying to fool the people,” he said.