A glitch in the ballot paper spoiled the day/days for boozers. Tipplers looking for a swig were in for a rude surprise on Sunday when they found their daily addas shut in ward 47 where election could not be held due to a glitch in the ballot paper.
The authorities rescheduled the voting for Monday and extended the enforcement of closure of liquor shops till voting ends. However, that the ward is located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by areas that have liquor shops that are open does not make the administration rethink this decision.
The district administration enforced the state election commission directions to close liquor shops for 48 hours prior to the completion of voting. So, liquor shops were closed at 5pm on Thursday across Bhopal and were reopened at 5pm on Saturday after completion of voting.
"As per rules, liquor shops are to remain shut in the ward where elections are to be held and in adjoining wards as well," said DR Johari, the additional commissioner of excise department.
"It amounts to following the rule for the sake of following the rule. It will not serve its stated purpose," said an official in the district administration, on the condition of anonymity.