No compromise with rule of law, says Nitish Kumar

Notably, the Grand Alliance comprising Kumar's JD(U), RJD and Congress was ruling the State when the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol was introduced in 2016


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Patna: In an apparent reference to the spate of communal flare-ups witnessed recently in the State, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar made it clear that the rule of law will be upheld under his watch, “though there are elements in every society who keep looking for an opportunity to create tension”.

Kumar, whom the opposition has been accusing of having “surrendered” before the BJP in the wake of recent communal clashes in districts like Bhagalpur, Aurangabad, Samastipur, Nawada and his own home turf Nalanda, asserted “there will be no compromise with rule of law”.

“In any society, there will always be some people who indulge in mischief. But we will ensure that the rule of law is upheld”, he said.

“There are people who are angry with me because of obvious reasons. They are welcome to do so. They may even try to destroy me if it makes them happy. But it is my request, for heaven’s sake do not start opposing prohibition just because you want to oppose me”, Kumar said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also lambasted opposition parties for criticising prohibition policy saying the stance was “anti-poor” since the economically deprived sections of the society suffered the most on account of alcoholism. The CM was speaking at a function organized here on the occasion of the second anniversary of liquor ban in Bihar.

The Chief Minister did not name any party, though his comment was an obvious reference to the recent stance adopted by the main opposition RJD, which has been terming the state’s prohibition law as “draconian” and promising to amend the same if it is voted to power.

Kumar also took a swipe at Tejashwi Yadav, without mentioning the name of the leader of the opposition, saying “some people have no understanding of any issue but they love to keep tweeting all through the day. I am often accused of being responsible for such figures getting into the limelight. Perhaps, I am gullible”.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also released the CD of an anti-liquor music album “Tauba Tauba Sharab”, prepared by senior journalist Nitish Chandra, which features Bhojpuri stars Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari, besides a number of senior bureaucrats from Bihar.

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