For Liquor Ban, 50 per cent compulsory voters law will change: State Excise Minister

The BJP MLA has criticised this law and called it "unconstitutional"


State Excise Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Thursday announced the decision to have compulsory 50 per cent votes against the liquor trade in the ward will be reconsidered, in the next three months. For now, 50 per cent voters shall be in agreement for liquor ban. 

Earlier March 25, 2008, a law was passed stating that if any Municipal corporation ward receives 25 per cent complaints, for liquor ban, only then the voting process shall start. Also, after the 25 voters have registered complaints, 50 per cent of the voters should vote against the liquor ban and only then the liquor will be banned in that ward. 

However, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar said that this provision is unconstitutional and shall be removed immediately. Other parties too have supported Shelar’s demand to remove this law.

To this, state minister Chandrashekhar has replied that the state government is working on changing the law.

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