Mumbai: A Congress MLA today demanded that Maharashtra should follow Bihar and have a complete ban on alcohol.
Raising the prohibition demand through a point of propriety in the state Assembly, Congress MLA Abdul Sattar said, "Due to drought, farmers become helpless and consume liquor. They commit suicide after consuming a couple of pegs."
"To avoid such incidents, there should be total ban on liquor in Maharashtra on the lines of the decision taken by the Bihar government," he said.
Sattar, who hails from the drought-hit Marathwada region, claimed that liquor ban in Chandrapur district has succeeded and there are no farmers' suicides there.
Four days after promulgation of partial prohibition in Bihar on April 1, the Nitish Kumar government on April 5 decided to impose a total ban on alcohol in the state.