Manjhi, whose Hindustani Awam Morcha A junior partner in the state’s ruling coalition, he remarked during a candid conversation with reporters during which he lashed out at the prohibition law introduced by the chief minister. Nitish Kumar for the umpteenth time.
“Arth ho raha hai” (what is happening is outrageous), remarked Manjhi, referring to the arrest of a drunken man, which was reported in a section of the media, after a day’s hard work. and sat on the side of the road because of a racket. , only to be pulled over by men in uniform who subjected him to a breath analyzer test before being thrown behind bars.
Manjhi said, “These should emulate the bad sahabs (big shots) who quietly enjoy a few pegs at night and fall asleep and, therefore, never get caught”, reiterating that there is a need to enjoy a drink or two. I had “nothing wrong” and cited newspaper articles as saying it was therapeutic to do so.
The sale and consumption of liquor has been completely banned in Bihar from April 2016, a move that was taken after Nitish Kumar’s promise to the women of the state during the assembly elections held last year.
Manjhi, whose son Santosh Suman A minister in the state cabinet, said, “The poor, labourers, irrespective of caste, need to rest after a day’s hard work. Because of their dogma they become infamous. There will be no problem.” If they do, learn how to behave and practice moderation after drinking a few drinks.
Prohibition has been a much publicized move by Nitish Kumar, who has claimed that its impact on society has been “revolutionary” and that by saving the money spent on liquor, people were improving their standard of living, which is part of excise revenue. The loss is more than that. ,
Still, enforcement of the stringent law has been weak, as evidenced by the state’s relentless alcohol tragedies.
State politicians, in their private conversations, admit that the state finds itself in a tight spot because of the law, although barring a few tramps like Manjhi, no one risks openly questioning it.
Meanwhile, Kumar has been insisting that the law will remain in place as long as he is in power, and that those who drink better, prepare themselves for public embarrassment if they stay in the state, and Outsiders who find the law inconvenient should abandon their plans. To visit Bihar