Agnivesh calls for total liquor ban in Capital - The Hindu
Published: August 10, 2016 00:00 IST | Updated: August 10, 2016 05:35 IST

Agnivesh calls for total liquor ban in Capital

  • Staff Reporter
Social activist Agnivesh.
Social activist Agnivesh.

Social activist Agnivesh led a march from Rajghat to Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday to hand over a memo to CM Arvind Kejriwal demanding total prohibition in the Capital.

A 15-member delegation also called on Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung at Raj Niwas with a similar demand.

Speaking to The Hindu , Agnivesh, who has been associated with the anti-liquor movement for the last 48 years, said: “In recent years, the Delhi government has increased the number of shops selling alcohol and also extended their opening hours. Reforms in de-addiction for the Delhi government cannot start in Punjab, it has to be started at home and here in the Capital.”

He added that he would like the Bihar model of a total liquor ban to be replicated across India.

“I have joined the JD(U) after Assembly polls in Bihar because I believe that I am in the party to strengthen the anti-liquor movement and to spread it across the country. Partial prohibitions, in some States, will not help and will aid and encourage smuggling and increased crime rate,” he said.