Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday took on his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar saying that, before prohibition, the latter first made people of Bihar addicts for 10 years.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday took on his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar saying that, before prohibition, the latter first made people of Bihar addicts for 10 years. Without directly taking his name, Das said that Kumar was after power, but added that the ‘fever’ would die down soon.
The sharp reaction comes in the wake of Nitish Kumar scheduled to take his prohibition campaign beyond Bihar by attending a programme on prohibition in Dhanbad, where he has been invited by an all-women outfit on May 10. This is likely to be the first programme after which Kumar may attend many other functions in different states advocating prohibition.
Das said this while interacting with media persons in Ranchi on the occasion of completion of one year of “Jan Samvad” programme in which he listens to the complainants directly from across the state
Asked about prohibition in Bihar and the scheduled visit of Kumar to Dhanbad, the Chief Minister said that everybody was free in a democracy to go anywhere.
However, Das added, “Bihar mein sharab-bandi unhone kiya, iske liye dhanyavad..…lekin das varshon tak Bihar ko nashedi kisne banaya….kaun jimmevar hai….ye bhi Bihar ki janata poochhegi (Many thanks to him for implementing prohibition…but for 10 years, who made Bihar people addict; who is responsible for it; people of Bihar will ask this too).”
Das went on to add: “Aapne satta ke nasha ke liye das varsh tak nashedi banaya…..unko sharaab ke nashe se kuchh matlab nahin hai….unko doosra cheez ka nasha chadh gaya hai….aap samajh rahe hain na…..oo bukhar bhi jaldi utar jaayega (You made people addict for 10 years for your lust of power….he does not have anything to do with prohibition….I hope you understand…..that fever too will die down soon).”
In 2007, Kumar had come up with a liquor policy for Bihar through which liquor became available in panchayats. Liquor also became a major source of revenue for Bihar.
Asked whether Jharkhand government has any plans for prohibition, Das said that each and every state has its own political and social realities and conditions. Any decision, if at all, will be taken after due consideration.
Das also criticised the hullabaloo over prohibition saying nobody was talking about development in Bihar. Who will create jobs in Bihar for many unemployed youth, he asked.
To a related query, Das further said: “Humara role model Bihar nahin hai…humara role model hai Gujarat (Our role model is not Bihar; our role model is Gujarat).”
Post-prohibition, Bihar CM had sent a letter to Das seeking adequate measures to check illegal activities on border areas with regard to prohibition. He was reportedly not pleased about the casual manner in which Das had handled his request.
Das had forwarded Kumar’s letter for further action to the Excise department. Department officials said that necessary instructions were issued to the districts bordering Bihar to prevent any illegal activity on account of prohibition in the neighbouring state.
They also claimed that they had extended all possible support to their Bihar counterparts, something that was requested by the latter before the ban was implemented on April 1.