Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:
Odisha Government is likely to face more heat to enforce total prohibition in the state as various parties continue to demand implementation of Orissa Prohibition Act, 1956. The latest in the row being the women wing of Odisha Congress, that announced to gherao the Assembly on December 8 demanding total prohibition.
As per information provided by PCC Mahila Congress President Sasmita Behera, apart from Mahila Congress, various other units of the party including activists and workers of NSUI and Youth Congress would join the protests on December 8. Besides, she made it clear that the party would intensify the agitation should the Government fail to take any concrete action.
Notably, only two day back, many of the opposition parties of Odisha including BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party came together and took out a rally near Lower PMG area of Bhubaneswar demanding liquor prohibition in the state.
The agitators, backed by political parties and various civil society organisations including Milita Odisha Nisha Nibarana Abhiyan, Milita Mahasangha of Daringbadi and Sachetana Nagarika of Kandhamal, demanded implementation of Orissa Prohibition Act, 1956 in the state.
There have also been many other protests across the state over the same demand in last few months. The agitations have been intensified after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recently announced to impose prohibition in that state.