Patna: JDU Parliamentary Board President Upendra Kushwaha on Sunday termed BJP’s demand for ex-gratia to the families of Saran spurious liquor tragedy in Bihar as irresponsible. Bombs to underline that the government cannot stand by those involved in illegal activities. “If someone is making a bomb illegally, and is killed in the process, does it become a case of government compensation”? asked the former Union minister when approached by reporters with questions.
At least 30 people have died in the Saran spurious liquor tragedy, the biggest such incident in the state since prohibition was imposed in April 2016. However, several unconfirmed reports put the death toll at more than 50. Kushwaha said, “An opposition party must not raise demands thoughtlessly. The way the BJP is behaving is irresponsible (irresponsible). The spurious liquor tragedy.”
However, the chief minister is adamant on his refusal, pointing out that the compensation would defeat the purpose of prohibition, which was brought about with a consensus among all parties following a vocal demand from the women of the state. Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who was Kumar’s deputy for over a decade, told a press conference that his former boss was stubborn and that there was a provision in the prohibition law for compensation to victims of the booze tragedy.
Citing a clause of the Bihar Excise Act of 2016, under which the state went dry, Modi, now a Rajya Sabha member, claimed an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh to the family members of those who died after consuming suspected spurious liquor. Funding can be considered. While those who get sick can get Rs 40,000. The former deputy chief minister also alleged, “The death toll in Saran is more than 100 where the government is trying to hide the figures. The administration is intimidating people so that they cremate the bodies without post-mortem.”