Nitish Takes Exception to Jharkhand CM's Reply on Prohibition

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Nitish Kumar is seeking cooperation from the neighbouring states to make Alcohol ban in Bihar a success.

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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday took exception to his Jharkhand counterpart Raghuvar Das's reply to his letter for extending cooperation to Bihar for strictly enforcing prohibition in the state.

"I had written a letter to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand for cooperating with the state (Bihar) by keeping a strict vigil on Jharkhand border so that prohibition in Bihar can be strictly implemented," Kumar said during his address of JD(U)'s national council meeting.

But Kumar expressed surprise the manner in which Jharkhand CM gave reply to his letter.

"In reply to my letter, Jharkhand CM wrote back saying that he (Raghuvar Das) has received his (Nitish's) letter and has forwarded it to the Excise department for necessary action," Kumar said adding that is "this is a reply of a CM to another CM's letter." Kumar said that he would first of all visit and participate in the movement for implementing prohibition in Jharkhand.

After Jharkhand, he would also go to Lucknow on May 15 to take part in a similar conference organised by women of Uttar Pradesh.

As per a newspaper report, UP government has set a target of selling 32.02 crore litres of country made liquor in the current year, Kumar said.

"I am going to participate in a conference at Lucknow on May 15. I would ask the UP CM whether the increased target (of country made liquor consumption) would be met by making Uttar Pradesh people drink the country made liquor or is somehow meant for people of Bihar where there is complete prohibition," Kumar said.

Kumar, whose government enforced prohibition on April 5 in the state, said that people are asking if prohibition can be implemented in Bihar, then why not in UP, Odisha, Jharkhand.

In Tamil Nadu, there is an agreement among major political parties to implement prohibition after the polls, he added.

The meeting formally approved his election as the new national president of the party.

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