Why is Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh afraid to ban liquor in state?
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said he did not have the courage to ban liquor in the state. The chief minister's statement came while he was addressing a conference in Durg. Baghel said the systems implemented by his predecessor Raman Singh were still in place in the state.
Recalling the lockdown days, Baghel said he wanted to ban liquor before the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I wanted to ban alcohol, but then the Covid-19 pandemic happened. During the lockdown, people started consuming fake and poisonous alcohol, even resorting to drinking sanitisers and losing their lives," the chief minister said.
"Therefore, I lack the courage to ban alcohol and have people start dying from consuming fake and poisonous alcohol," he added.
Speaking at the event, Baghel said the criteria for ticket allocation is based on the candidate's ability to win.
"Those who can win are given tickets. However, most of our MLAs have a good track record. Some individuals may have grievances with their fellow party members for various reasons, such as personal or health issues, among others. If their situation improves within three to four months, why should their tickets be cut?" asked Baghel.
The chief minister said Union Minister Giriraj Singh had directly challenged the Congress to discuss the issue of MSP (Minimum Support Price) and added he was ready to debate any issue.
"We are prepared to discuss how much the MSP percentage increased," he said.
Baghel also referred to the Swaminathan Committee report and emphasised the need for an increase in MSP.
"When the MSP was Rs 1,800, we decided to buy it at Rs 2,500. So it is clear that we increased it slightly based on the Swaminathan Committee report for the benefit of farmers," Baghel said.
"Now, with the implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, as the support price increases, the amount will also increase for our farmers. This has been happening for the past three years," he added.
ELECTIONS IN CHHATTISGARH
Speaking of the upcoming elections in Chhattisgarh, Baghel said he held a meeting with Congress in-charge Kumari Selja. The chief minister also said he was holding more meetings with other MLAs.
Regarding the challenge of the Third Front, Baghel said, "When Ajit Jogi was in Congress, we were out of power, but as soon as he left Congress, we came into power."
"In the last elections, Congress won 68 seats, while the BJP, which had been in power for three terms, never reached the figure of 60. We won even more seats in the by-election," the chief minister said.
"Currently, we have the support and blessings of farmers, tribals, women and youth, which will only increase in time," he further said.