Patna, July 14: In an major step towards a total liquor ban in Bihar, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Thursday suspended a former legislator Lalan Ram from its party who was apprehended for violating the ban on consuming liquor in Bihar.
“Taking serious note of the violation of a total liquor ban by him, the JD-U has suspended him on the charge of giving a bad name to the party,” JD-U spokesman Sanjay Singh said.
Police arrested Lalan Ram a former legislator from Kutumba constituency in Aurangabad district of Bihar on Wednesday evening after a video clip showed him consuming alcohol and saying, “Wherever he (Chief Minister Nitish Kumar) will go, (he will find) nobody complies with it (the liquor ban).”
Police arrested Lalan Ram following a complaint filed against him by the excise department for violation of liquor ban.
Earlier Manorama was arrested and suspended from the party for violation of liquor ban in Bihar after the state government imposed the prohibition with effect from April 5 this year.
Manorama Devi, a JD-U legislator, was arrested on May 18 after police found liquor bottles from her residence in Gaya district.
The JD-U headed by Chief Minsiter Nitish Kumar, is part of the ruling coalition in Bihar whose other allies are the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.