Liquor ban till poll ends in Mizoram!
The Election Commission on Thursday instructed the Mizoram government to not notify the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition) Act, 2019 till the Lok Sabha election process is over on May 27. The Act would bring back total prohibition of liquor in the state after four years.
The government had planned to impose the Act from 1 April. Mizoram Additional Chief Electoral Officer Krishna Mohan Uppu forwarded the EC's letter in this regard to the Commissioner and Secretary of the state excise and narcotics department.
The letter asked the government not to notify the Act until the poll process is officially over on May 27. The Mizo National Front (MNF) government decided to prohibit the manufacture, import, sale, and consumption of liquor for the common people and the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition) Bill, 2019 was passed in the assembly on March 20.
The governor also gave his nod to the bill. The MNF had promised during the assembly election in November last year that if voted to power, it would ensure total prohibition in the state.
Total prohibition was in force in Mizoram from 1997 to 2015. The previous Congress government led by Lal Thanhawla allowed opening of wine shops in the state from March 2015.