Rashtriya Janata Dal vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has once again lashed out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the implementation of prohibition law in the state. Singh has said that forced implementation of the law is wrong and it should be reviewed. Commenting on the protests by policemen over the suspension of 11 SHOs for not enforcing liquor ban in the state sincerely, Singh said that police are part of the state machinery. The government must consider why they are protesting and review the prohibition law.Prasad has attacked the Bihar CM several times in past.
Incidentally, RJD is a part of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government in the state. However, many RJD leaders have spoken against the law because of some of its “draconian” measures. One of the provisions of the law mandates group fine for residents of a village if they fail to stop a person from consuming liquor in the village. Recently, residents of a village in Nalanda were fined under this provision of the law. Prasad questioned the fine on villagers. “How can an entire village be punished if one of the residents does something wrong. The anti-liquor law is not right and it should be reconsidered. “Villagers don’t make liquor after organising a gram sabha,” he said