Lift the liquor ban in Maharashtra: Demands senior Shiv Sena minister
A senior Shiv Sena minister demanded Tuesday that the liquor ban in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district should be lifted, arguing that it was leading to a rise in the sale of illegal liquor and related crimes. The state government has imposed prohibition in three districts: Wardha,Gadchiroli and Chandrapur.
Sena leader and industries minister Subhash Desai pointed out that a police sub-inspector was mowed down by liquor mafia last week during a vehicle checking. "Liquor ban is a complete failure as far as Chandrapur district is concerned. A ban leads to the illegal sale of liquor, rise in crime and revenue loss. Also, the death of a policeman is a serious incident," said Desai.
"The objective behind the ban is not being fulfilled," he said. Asked about Wardha district, the Sena leader said, "It is a different case. Wardha is historically associated with Mahatma Gandhi (who lived at Sevagram in the district)." However, finance minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar, who is also the guardian minister for Chandrapur, claimed that crime rate has come down after the ban came into effect.
"Lifting the ban is not the solution if there is an illegal sale,"Mungantiwar said. "588gram panchayats had passed a resolution seeking ban on liquor and thousands of women protested and carried out a signature campaign against liquor shops," he said.
(With inputs from agencies.)