Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 8:
Odisha Mahila Congress workers today took out a massive rally and organised a demonstration in lower PMG area of Odisha capital demanding total prohibition in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the leaders vowed to continue the protests and take it to panchayat, block and district levels until the laws are amended to ban liquor in enforce Orissa Prohibition Act, 1956.
“Violence against women including rape and gang rape are on a rise. Farmers continue to commit suicide. The state of affairs of the state is devastating. The youths of the state have been given liquor as a workaround. The root cause of all the trouble is alcohol. We ask the Chief Minister to clamp down on the manufacturing and sales of country liquor and close down all foreign liquor shops within a year in multiple phases,” said PCC Mahila Congress President Sasmita Behera speaking to reporters at the rally venue.
“We demand the state to be declared a liquor free state. There has to be total liquor prohibition. The social and economic backbone of Odia society has taken a severe beating due to liquor. Family values have gone for a toss. On this context, we would like the Odisha Government to enforce prohibition like Bihar,” said Congress Spokesperson Sulochana Das.
During their demonstration at lower PMG, some of the workers of Mahila Congress today clashed with the cops for a brief while. The incident occurred when the supporters attempted to break the barricade and the police tried to resist it. No one has been hurt in the incident. Many of the workers were detained by the cops to avoid further escalation.
Notably, 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.