Row after empty liquor bottles found in Bihar assembly complex

The Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar of Janata Dal (United) faced criticism on Tuesday after empty liquor bottles were recovered in legislature premises of the state assembly
Empty bottles of liquor outside Bihar Assembly premises in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Empty bottles of liquor outside Bihar Assembly premises in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 12:45 AM IST
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By, Patna:

The Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar of Janata Dal (United) faced criticism on Tuesday after empty liquor bottles were recovered in legislature premises of the state assembly. The bottles were found under a tree in the area earmarked as parking lot for two-wheelers, officials said.

Leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav raised the matter in the post lunch session of the state assembly, calling it was outrageous.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar informed the house that he was not aware of recovery of liquor bottles on the premises of the state legislature and said a probe could be ordered on permission from Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha to ascertain how the liquor bottles found their way inside the legislature premises.

“We will ask the state police chief and chief secretary to carry a thorough inquiry,” Kumar said.

Responding to CM, Yadav said, “Please ensure that lower-level officials are not made scapegoats and the big fish do not go unpunished.”

Officials familiar with the developments said the chief minister held a meeting with director general of police (DGP) S K Singhal and chief secretary Tripurari Sharan in the assembly in the afternoon.

In the evening, the DGP told reporters that the place where empty bottles were recovered was not under CCTV coverage but all angles are being probed.

Yadav accused the government of failing to implement the liquor ban.

“This is outrageous. The spot is less than 100 metres away from the chief minister’s chamber. Only yesterday, the chief minister presided over a farce wherein NDA legislators took the pledge, inside the central hall here, against liquor consumption,” the leader of opposition told reporters later outside the assembly premises, adding “within 24 hours, liquor bottles have been found in the same premises.”

“Prohibition in Bihar is a total failure and administering oath not to drink liquor to people is all a sham,” said Yadav.

Criticising government, Yadav said: “The government will not give a logical reply and dub the entire episode of recovery of liquor bottle in the assembly premises as a conspiracy by the opposition. The chief minister must resign as he is also the home minister.”

Yadav’s party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and other opposition parties, including the Congress, have been critical of the state government, especially for the last one month as the state registered 40 alleged hooch-related deaths in Gopalganj, West Champaran and Muzaffarpur districts.

Liquor ban in Bihar is in force since April 2016.

[Below incident -- is it related to recovery of bottles, please clarify????]

Two MLAs exchange expletives in public .

The state assembly premises on Tuesday witnessed unsavoury scenes when RJD legislator Bhai Virendra and BJP’s Sanjay Saraogi indulged in an ugly spat, exchanging expletives in full view of media persons before the assembly sat for the day.

Reports said the trouble started when Bhai Virendra passed a caustic comment against Saraogi, calling him a person having adulterated roots. The latter hit back, accusing Virendra of being corrupt. The spat soon turned ugly and both the legislators started hurling expletives before they were pacified.

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    A journalist for 21 years, Anirban covers RJD, legislature and government beats. Has extensive experience in covering elections and writes regularly on finance, land reforms, registration, excise and socio-economic issues.

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