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It's Lalu Yadav who forced Nitish Kumar to take U-turn and exempt 'toddy' from liquor-ban?
It refers to media reports about Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar succumbing to pressure of its main ally RJD by lifting ban on sale and consumption of 'toddy' after total prohibition was implemented in the State in April 2016.

The Bihar Chief Minister should rather strictly stick to his earlier decision to ban sale and consumption of all variants of liquor including also 'toddy'. Otherwise those who can afford will continue harming themselves through smuggled whisky or by going on whisky-tourism to bordering States like Jharkhand and UP and the poor will satisfy themselves through permitted open sale and consumption of 'toddy'.

The Central government is now-a-days, rightly too, promoting Yoga in a big way. But promoting Yoga without imposing a country-wide ban on liquor is senseless. Evidently liquor-addicts cannot take benefits of ancient discipline of Yoga.

Prime Minister Modi should direct for a study of liquor-ban at least in BJP-ruled states if not throughout the country in a manner it may not affect international tourism. People start consuming liquor first as fashion, status symbol, but later on it turns into addiction. Housewives are worst affected by this addiction of their husbands who waste money on liquor and spoil the family environment and their own health.

It is indeed unfortunate if Jharkhand government has really increased liquor quota in the bordering areas with Bihar to generate revenue in violation of the 1915 Excise Act, which prohibits sale of liquor within a limit of 3.6 kms from the area under purview of the ban. It is wrong to suggest that liquor-consumption in Jharkhand is to continue because of 'tribal-culture' because JMM supremo Sibu Soren had launched a movement against the sale of liquor in 1970s.

Bihar, after Gujarat, has successfully imposed a total ban on sale, storage and consumption of liquor, even though successive state governments in Haryana reversed the policy after being once put into practice.

Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar deserves compliment for sacrificing a huge revenue of Rs 5000 cr by fulfilling one of its poll-promises.

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