“Drink Milk…”: BJP’s Uma Bharti Ties Stray Cows In Front Of Liquor Shops
As she urged people to drink cow milk and abstain from alcohol, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Thursday chained stray cows in front of a liquor store in the Madhya Pradesh town of Orchha and fed them hay.
The former chief minister insisted that the government shouldn’t profit from the drinking habit while leading a campaign against alcohol use in the BJP-ruled state.
After tethering the cows, Ms. Bharti could be heard shouting, “Sharab Nahi, Doodh Piyo (drink milk, not liquor),” as she stood in front of the store selling Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) in Orchha, a town in the Niwari area renowned for its temples and palaces.
The BJP leader had thrown cow excrement at the same booze store in June of previous year. She tossed a stone at a liquor store in Bhopal in March 2022. A salesperson at the store promptly took down the shutters, ostensibly out of concern about a repetition of the 2022 occurrences.
The Hindutva leader claimed that she was partly to blame for the widespread drinking problem and recalled that she had campaigned for the BJP in the 2003 Assembly elections. Since then, the BJP has held power in MP with the exception of 15 months from 2018 to 2020 when the Congress controlled the state.
The saffron politician, who had previously fought for complete prohibition in the state, has been advocating for the regularisation of alcohol sales in Madhya Pradesh, where the Assembly is located, for the past several months.The Madhya Pradesh government is soon to release a new excise policy, according to expectations. Mr. Chouhan had claimed that the new excise policy would deter drinking while speaking at a Republic Day event.
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