Nitish Kumar bats for pan-India liquor ban

Mumbai : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday proposed a “total prohibition” across India which, he said, will put the country on the path of quick development.

“Liquor needs to be banned across the country. There must be total all-India prohibition for the country to progress,” the Kumar said while addressing a rally to mark the Janata Dal (United)’s  entry into Maharashtra politics.  On this count, he said, people from all religions are unanimous on prohibition.

Nitish Kumar had imposed total prohibition in Bihar from April 1, 2016.  He said many were sceptical about his move and talked of huge revenue losses to the state. Not only was revenue recovered, but also many lives were saved.

Throughout his speech in which he extolled leaders and personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhimrao Ambedkar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the JD-U leader refrained from making comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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