Nitish rally around the corner, anti-liquor drive stepped up

  • Hindustan Times, Dhanbad
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 16:30 IST
A women’s group on Sunday calls for prohibition in Jharkhand (Bijay / HT Photo)

With just two days to go for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s rally in Dhanbad, women groups and political and social organisations are strengthening their anti-liquor campaign across the district .

Nitish, also a senior Janata Dal (United) leader, will address a rally at the town hall on May 10. He is visiting the city on the invitation of the Nari Sangarsh Morcha(NSM), which is calling for prohibition to be enforced in the state. Other organisations like the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P), Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) and several NGOs have also joined the bandwagon.

According to reports, JVM-P chief Babulal Marandi has been invited to participate in the rally. The meeting of the two leaders on one platform will assume importance as their parties are holding talks for the formation of a political entity at the national level to fight the BJP .

The JD(U) is holding a door-to-door campaign in the district to mobilise people for the rally. The party has also installed posters and banners at important localities to ensure that Nitish gets a massive welcome when he arrives via Bokaro.

NSM also organised demonstrations and rallies in different parts of Tundi, Baliapur, Katras, Baghmara and other localities, calling for a ban on liquor. “Our drive is purely apolitical and Nitish Kumar has been invited to give the women a guideline on how to fight for a total ban on liquor,” NSM president Chanchalla Devi said. Around a fortnight ago, she led a delegation meet Nitish in Patna.

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