Liquor Ban in Chhattisgarh: Ambikapur. The state cannot impose a liquor ban because the government had enforced a two-month liquor ban during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to people dying from consuming illicit liquor. If a liquor ban were to be imposed in the state, the affluent would procure alcohol from other states, while the poor would end up in jail. This statement was made by Chhattisgarh’s Excise Minister, Kawasi Lakhma.
The Excise Minister of the state did not stop there; he went on to say that he has been the Excise Minister for five years, and wherever he goes, there are applications for opening liquor shops, but not a single application for a liquor ban has been received so far. This statement holds great significance because the Congress government in Chhattisgarh had promised a liquor ban in the state in its manifesto. Therefore, the statement by the Excise Minister may create political ripples in the state and present opportunities for the BJP. However, during his brief visit to Ambikapur, the Excise Minister’s statement to the media is quite surprising.