Dry day dilemma: CM Fadnavis in a spot after Muslim MLAs demand 'no alcohol day' on 24 Dec

Mumbai: Maharashtra government is in a "dilemma" on whether to prohibit liquor sale on Eid-e-Milad, which is falling on Christmas Eve, days after a delegation of Muslim MLAs sought a ban on booze citing religious sentiments.

"This is the first time that the government has got a request to ban alcohol on Eid-e-Milad. No legislator or a private citizen has ever made this demand," Eknath Khadse told PTI.

 Dry day dilemma: CM Fadnavis in a spot after Muslim MLAs demand no alcohol day on 24 Dec

Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

"On one hand, we respect the sentiments of Muslims whose religion forbids them from consuming alcoholic beverages, and on the other it is Christmas Day on 25th," he said.

"Sentiments of both these religions have left us in a dilemma. Though we have not decided on what has to be done, we will reach a final conclusion in a day or two," he said.

A delegation of Muslim legislators had on Friday submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking that 24 December, which will be celebrated as Prophet Mohammed's birthday, to be declared a 'dry day' (no liquor sales).

Senior Congress leader and former minister Naseem Khan, who led the delegation, in a statement had said that they urged Fadnavis to consider their demand, like it is done on Mahavir Jayanti and Gandhi Jayanti every year.

Khan was accompanied by Waris Pathan and Imtiyaz Jalil (both belonging to the AIMIM) along with Samajwadi Party state president Abu Asim Azmi and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.

PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 21, 2015 15:17:49 IST