West Bengal to Follow Bihar’s Lead, to Become Dry State Soon?

The discussion on banning alcohol was held during a state budget session. 

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Lawmakers in West Bengal are contemplating a Bihar style ban on alcohol in their state. (Photo: iStockphoto)

West Bengal could soon be following in the footsteps of Bihar, after Forward Bloc party MLA, Ali Imran Ramz requested the State Assembly to introduce a Bihar-style ban on alcohol in West Bengal.

However, his demands were met with objections by members from the ruling party. Allied party members were heard supporting Ramz, reports India Today.

If Bihar can, why can’t West Bengal ban alcohol?

During the discussion on state budget the MLA declared that this measure will also help improve the law and order situation in the state.

CPI(M) state representative Sujan Chakraborty also stood in support of Ramz, while taking the opportunity to blame alcohol for disputes and crimes in the state.

Congress MLA Manas Bhunia also backed Ramz’s proposal, and alleged that the TMC government was indirectly promoting alcohol consumption by raising excise duties.

Government has decided to raise Rs 717 crore from excise duties. And they have decided to achieve this target by allowing alcohol manufacturers to sell their products in our state.
Manas Bhunia, MLA Congress

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