Rampant sale of illegal liquor in different parts of MP rocked the assembly on Thursday with MLAs from both the opposition and the treasury benches joining hands to demand a crackdown against the menace.
Raising the issue through a call attention motion, BJP’s Yogita Naval Singh Borkar said illegal liquor was being openly sold in Khandwa.
A large number of youth have become addicted to it, which is disrupting the social fabric, she said, adding that women have to bear the brunt of alcoholism in the area. Borkar alleged that liquor contractors were ferrying alcohol on bikes and jeeps and selling it in villages which had also resulted in the death of a large number of people in the area. However, state commercial taxes minister Jayant Malaiya denied the charge, saying the excise department had cracked down on the transportation of illicit liquor and had seized thousands of litres of country liquor, IMFL and more than 6,000 kgs of mahua used in the manufacture of liquor.
Citing a civil surgeon’s report, the minister claimed that no one had died due to consumption of poisonous liquor. Contesting the minister’s claim, the MLA said the kotwar of her village had died after consuming spurious liquor.
Women legislators, led by Veena Verma, joined Borkar in demanding for the imposition of a stricter check on proliferation of illegal liquor in the state.
Borkar told the minister that she was not talking about liquor but about deaths due to excessive consumption and easy availability of alcohol in the state. Rameshwar Sharma of the BJP said the matter should be taken seriously.
Congress MLA KP Singh said his party would support the BJP, if the ruling party starts a mass movement against illegal alcohol.