Nitish keeps poll promise, declares Bihar a dry state

Patna: Bihar was declared a dry state yesterday after the Nitish Kumar government imposed a total ban on saleand consumption of alcohol, including India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), with immediate effect.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

The decision, announced by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after a Cabinet meeting, which came into effect since yesterday, makes it clear that no alcohol can be legally consumed in all of Bihar, including bars and restaurants.

The Bihar government had banned sale and consumption of country and spiced liquor in rural areas from April 1 this year, but had allowed sale of foreign liquor in towns and cities.

“But, the tremendous response of people particularly women and children against liquor in Patna and other towns in a short period of four days only convinced us that a conducive environment against alcohol has been created in the state and that's why we decided to go for total ban on liquor after four days only,” Nitish told reporters.

No licence will be granted for sale and consumption of alcohol in places like hotels, clubs and bars in towns and cities too with immediate effect, he said. Nitish, however, said Army cantonment areas would be out of it as they regulate sale and consumption of alochol in their own way.

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