- Those who sit near Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are engaged in this work, Tejashwi Yadav has alleged
- The leader of the opposition further alleged that the liquor ban in Bihar is just a hoax
- Nitish government should tell how many new liquor shops were opened in Bihar after 2005, he said
Levying allegations against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Leader of Opposition and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said state ministers are involved in the liquor trade in Bihar. Speaking to the media, Yadav said, "The people who sit near Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are engaged in this work. How many MLAs, how many ministers are engaged in this, everyone knows who they are. From whom is the government asking? Why don't you go and investigate yourself?"
His remark came in response to the allegations of Janata Dal United (JDU) in which the ministers had said that if Tejashwi Yadav has any evidence of liquor being sold in Bihar then he should provide it to the government.
The leader of the opposition further alleged that the liquor ban in Bihar is just a hoax.
"Nitish government should tell how many new liquor shops were opened in Bihar after 2005, and how many liquor shops were there in Bihar before 2005. What major action has been taken so far, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should tell. Home delivery is being done everywhere. The questions that Nitish Kumar is asking me, he should tell what action is being taken now," he added.
Further, taking a jibe at the JD(U)'s special programmes on November 24 on the occasion of completing 16 years of Nitish Kumar's good governance, Yadav said, "In which case has Bihar become unmatched? In unemployment, in liquor ban, in crime rate, education is ruined in that case, dogs roaming in hospital, not a single factory was set up in 15 years, there is flood and drought in Bihar," he said.
While talking about the repeal of three farm laws, he said, "The fight for Minimum Support Prices (MSP) continues. The central government should focus on that. The farmers are asking for a guarantee on MSP and the government should provide that. I also appeal to the Centre to provide 25 lakhs to the kin of the farmers who died during the protest and a job. The Bihar government should also give Rs 5 lakhs to the farmer's family."
A total of 32 people died in the state after consuming spurious liquor, the recent death being reported from Muzaffarpur.
Last week, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the state officials to take strict action against the government employees caught in an instance related to violation of liquor ban, informed Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary (Home).
Nitish Kumar had also said that the crime rate in Bihar has come down after the liquor ban and he stands against liquor.
(Wth inputs from ANI)