Only CM can bring total prohibiton: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: After Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar declared ban of alcohol in Bihar, excise minister Damodar Rout while commenting on the possibility of a similar legislation said on Friday that only chief minister Naveen Patnaik can take a decision regarding the same.

The Bihar-Odisha excise act was formed in 1915. However, making amendments in the act Nitish Kumar has announced the liquor ban in Bihar. But adapting similar prohibition in the state totally depends on Naveen Patnaik’s decision.

Meanwhile, earlier on yesterday taking cue from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Utkal Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and Odisha Madamukti Abhiyan had also demanded total prohibition in the state.