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Nitish Kumar calls for complete liquor ban across country

The ban on liquor in Bihar however seems to have led to a sudden rise in drug usage. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 23, 2017, 03.19 AM (IST)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has called for the complete prohibition of alcohol across the country, saying that it would lead the nation to the path of development and progress.

ANI reported him as saying that people of all religions - Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians - unanimously want prohibition.

It added that he urged the prohibition of alcohol to ensure the development of India.

"Every religion supports liquor ban and that is why it needs to be banned across the country. For the development and progress of the country and to rise above the atmosphere of clashes and conflicts, there must be total all-India prohibition on liquor," Kumar said.

He was addressing party workers in Mumbai, marking his party the JD(U)'s foray into Maharashtra politics.

A complete ban on liquor was imposed in Bihar starting April 1, 2016.

News reports however have since said doctors in Bihar have seen a sudden rise in drug usage, and that a team of 38 doctors from the state travelled to NIMHANS in Bengaluru to learn how to deal with drug addiction. 

(WION with inputs from ANI) 

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