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Bihar government lifts ban on Toddy

Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

  • Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state
  • In April after Bihar imposed a total liquor ban in the state, it also banned the sale of ‘toddy’
  • According to RJD leaders here, Lalu was not in favour to ban toddy.

Following pressure from its main ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Bihar government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday took a U-turn by lifting the ban on the sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

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“Ban on toddy has been lifted,” Mastan said.

In April after Bihar imposed a total liquor ban in the state, it also banned the sale of ‘toddy’. But the decision to banned toddy was not lauded by Lalu Prasad and his party Rashtriya Janata Dal.

According to RJD leaders here, Lalu was not in favour to ban toddy.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“In last three and half months, Lalu has publicly expressed his displeasure over the government decision to ban toddy and urged the government to lift the ban and make it free as it was introduced during his tenure as Chief Minister in early 90s,” a leader close to Lalu said.

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Lalu Prasad as Chief Minister had declared toddy tax-free in Bihar to help people engaged in the business, particularly the ‘Pasi’ caste. (IANS)

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