Lok Sabha members of the BJP on Thursday termed the Bihar deaths due to spurious liquor as a “mass murder” and urged the Center to take immediate action against the government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, holding them responsible for the incident.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, BJP’s West Champaran MP Sanjay Jaiswal claimed that despite prohibition in Bihar, sale of spurious liquor is flourishing under the patronage of police officers.
But the chief minister did not take any action against any of them, he alleged.
BJP’s Aurangabad MP Sushil Kumar Singh termed the deaths due to spurious liquor as ‘mass murder’ and blamed the Bihar government for it.
He said, ‘There is no hope from the Bihar government.’
’37 people have died. This is the murder of 37 people sponsored by the Bihar government. Despite prohibition in the state, spurious liquor is supplied to every household by the police with the help and protection of the police.
According to Saran District Magistrate Rajesh Meena, the death toll in the spurious liquor tragedy has risen to 26 from 21 on Wednesday night.
More than 15 such incidents have happened so far. But he (the chief minister) says that those who drink liquor will die or go to jail and those who sell spurious liquor will become his party’s candidates to contest elections on his party’s ticket.
He said that the way the Chief Minister spoke on the issue in the Assembly, it seemed that he had lost his “mental balance”.
“I urge the central government to take cognizance of the (prevailing) law and order situation and take immediate action against the Grand Alliance government of Bihar, which is responsible for the killing of 37 people,” he demanded.
Jaiswal also demanded that action be taken against police officers who were allegedly involved in the sale of spurious liquor and made “hundreds of crores of rupees” from it.
BJP MP from Saran Rajiv Pratap Rudy also hit out at the Bihar government over the issue and demanded that the Union Home Ministry send a central team without any delay to take stock of the ground situation in the state.
He also demanded that the Ministry of Home Affairs seek a report from the state, alleging that the Bihar government had “completely failed” in discharging its responsibility.
The BJP MP claimed that the death toll in the spurious liquor tragedy has risen to 52 and may rise further.
After Rudy raised the issue, some opposition members, saying that there have been deaths due to spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh in the past, asked BJP MPs why these incidents were not being highlighted in the House.
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