Medha Patkar calls for a blanket ban on liquor sale in Rajasthan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2015 15:18 IST
(L-R) Social activists Medha Patkar and Aruna Roy interact with media persons in Jaipur on Friday. (Himanshu Vyas/HT photo)

Social activist Medha Patkar on Friday called for a blanket ban on the sale and consumption of liquor in Rajasthan.

Taking a swipe at the state government, the Narmada Bachao Andolan activist said the Vasundhara Raje-led government was “intoxicated with lust for power and liquor”.

“Liquor mafia is blooming in Rajasthan and the Raje-led (state) government is completely blind to the plight of labourers and farmers who are addicted to it,” she said while addressing a press conference in the city.

“Also, liquor is the biggest reason behind violence against women and has destroyed innumerable households. I thereby request the state governments and especially that of Rajasthan to put a ban on sale and consumption of alcohol,” Patkar added.

Patkar also hit out at the Central government for the alleged misuse of water of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The activist claimed that the water required for irrigating dry lands, such as Jalore, was being given to capitalists, including Ambani and Adani. “On the 17th day of his governance, (PM Narendra) Modi increased the dam’s height by 17 metres, thereby preparing a jal samadhi for 2.5 lakh people in 244 villages of Madhya Pradesh,” said Patkar.

Social activist Aruna Roy said, “There is no denying that today freedom of expression is under threat in India. The government and extremist factions are deciding upon our liberty to think, eat, drink, speak or even marry.”

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