New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has pitched for a nationwide ban on alcohol, calling it a Mahatma Gandhi’s wish. Addressing a national convention on “Liquor-free India” at ISKCON Auditorium here, the Janata Dal United (JD-U) President claimed that delegations from many states have been visiting Bihar as the state has emerged a role model by putting ban on sale and consumption of alcohol. Also Read - 'India is Beautiful When Flooded With Love': Mizoram CM And Netizens Laud Bihar Muslims For Kindness to Train Passengers

“It (liquor ban) should not only be implemented in nearby states but also in the entire country. It was Mahatma Gandhi’s wish, he had said liquor destroys lives. “In the past at times alcohol ban has been imposed in the country, but it was revoked later on. It was also imposed in Bihar by former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur but could not be implemented fully,”Kumar said. Also Read - Going by Centre’s Guidelines, Bihar Extends Coronavirus Lockdown Till June 30



He also noted alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. “In the age group of 20-39 years, 13.5 per cent of the total death in the world were alcohol related”, Times of India quoted the Chief Minister as saying Also Read - Bihar Triple Murder: Social Distancing Flouted as Cops Stop Tejashwi Yadav From Going to Gopalganj

The Bihar CM apprised that he had started planning for imposing liquor-ban in Bihar from 2011 and had imposed it finally in 2016.  Later he went on to narrate the process of ensuring the ban stayed in place in the state.