Bihar CM Embarrassed As Assembly Premises Becomes Liquor Bar Secretly
Bihar – It has been egg on the face of the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as his the heavily guarded assembly premises was surrounded by half a dozen empty liquor bottles. It has been quite an embarrassment as the restricted state assembly premises seems to have become a bar in the nights.
This has been sad despite his government’s push to keep Bihar alcohol-free. The incident has led to the other parties asking for the CM’s resignation. This includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) that landed up creating a ruckus in the assembly, where party chief and Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav shouted out loud.
The skirmish was settled temporarily by the State minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary of the Janata Dal (United) who tried to pacify the House by offering an immediate probe into the incident.
In the past, Mr. Kumar has asked all MLAs to show support against the liquor ban. This was reported according to a BJP MLA, at a meeting of legislators of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He chastised BJP MLA Nikki Hembram for suggesting that the collection of Mahua flowers (used to make country liquor) by tribals be legalised.
The opposition has been pushing for the scrapping of the prohibition law anyway and Mr. Nitish Kumar has been under fire from the Opposition RJD and the Congress for the same. In fact, Mr. Yadav, further said that, “Nitish Kumar is both chief minister and home minister. He is responsible for the presence of liquor bottles inside the assembly. We have been saying that there is home delivery of liquor despite the ban, and around 65 people have died due to consumption of spurious liquor. But this is too much.”
However, it was Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha who put both the government and the Opposition on the back foot, recollecting his own opposition to part of the Bihar Prohibition Bill when it was passed in 2016. He was then part of the Opposition as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, while the RJD was part of the government with the JD(U). With the speaker’s consent, Nitish then initiated a probe, summoned the chief secretary and the director general of police to his office, and had security measures tightened. By the evening, cars had been shifted away from the premises.