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3 Apr, 2016

World first? Bihar MLAs pledge not to drink, pass bill on prohibition – Hindustan Times

Bihar legislators vowed on Wednesday to stay away from liquor and inspire others, before they unanimously passed a law to initiate alcohol prohibition in the state. Those found making or selling home-made liquor that kills consumers may get the death penalty, or a life sentence if someone is left seriously sick, according to the legislation.

The move came after chief minister Nitish Kumar, who was re-elected last year after he led an avowedly secular coalition to victory against the BJP and its allies, promised a group of angry women at a pre-poll event that he would make Bihar a dry state . “Charity begins at home. If we are making a law, then we should unanimously pass a resolution from here itself,” he said in the House on Wednesday. “The message of unity in the form of a resolution that we will neither drink and nor promote drinking should go out to the people.”

Country-made alcohol will be totally prohibited in the first phase beginning on April 1, while Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) will be banned six months later.

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