Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) in Gujarat recently re-inducted its ex-veteran leader, Khumansinh Vansia, in to the party, hoping to strengthen its stand for the upcoming Assembly elections. However, Vansia’s induction statement has attracted wrath from the opposition.
While addressing the press conference, upon re-joining the BJP, Vansia said that the party would win all of 182 seats if it lifts prohibition on liquor in the state. He had expressed similar sentiments in 2019 as well. “It was my personal opinion that prohibition on liquor should be lifted in Gujarat. I firmly believe that if the BJP does that it will win all 182 seats. But as I said it is my personal opinion. I am bound by whatever the party’s decision is,” he said.
Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi hit back at Vansia, saying that his comments were condemnable. He accused BJP questioning if the party resorted to such deplorable tactics to win elections. He said, “Crores of litres of liquor flow in Gujarat, the state of Gandhi and Sardar Patel, as the prohibition law remains only on paper. It is well-known how police protect bootleggers even as lives of youths are being destroyed due to liquor consumption.”
Vansia, on the other hand, has remained firm on his statements. While justifying his comments, said that he returned to the BJP because he realized that he would be able to work more for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden as the member of the party. He said, over the years he has seen and surveyed the regions of Gujarat and noticed some very important facts. Even though Gujarat is a dry state, he said traders from surrounding states bring in liquor and sell it here. However, this liquor is cheap and of poor quality and has worse effects on the health of the people.
This is not an ideal situation, Vansia said. He insisted that if the liquor sale is legal, at least the authorities will be able to monitor all aspects relating to the product.