Cleared by the Nitish Kumar Cabinet, the draconian changes in the new bill was circulated before the opening day of five-day monsoon session, for feedback.
The Maharashtra state government ruled out a blanket ban but said it may adopt the Tamil Nadu pattern of disallowing sale of country liquor.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday launched a scathing attack on his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar accusing him of using the ban on alcohol as a "political tool" against rivals.
The height of hypocrisy comes in a bottle. The reality is that prohibition actually causes more social problems than we want to admit.
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Like other states, Bihar had flirted with prohibition briefly over three decades ago and gave up in sheer frustration at not being able to enforce it.
Recently elected Bihar government has promised to ban alcohol on the state, the argument that it helps women is flawed.
Indonesia's Islamic parties have proposed legislation banning alcohol consumption that could see offenders jailed for up to two years
The total prohibition plan of Oommen Chandy government in Kerala that attracted global media attention a few months ago has turned out to be a case study on how not to frame policies out of political expediency.
CPI(M)-led LDF opposition protested in Kerala Assembly demanding resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani in the wake of the VACB filing an FIR against him.
The bar bribery row involving finance minister K M Mani found its echo in the Assembly on the first day of the Winter session with CPI(M)-led LDF staging a walkout.
Kerala government on Tuesday said the concerns of the tourism sector on the impact of the new liquor policy would be looked into.
With the Kerala government deciding to close all the 730 bars in the state to bring about prohibition in a phased manner, the pro-liquor lobby has gone into a huddle on how to handle this situation.
Ezhava social leader Vellapaly Natesan was the first to come out against wine when he told reporters Friday that some religious institutions (Christian churches) use wine and it should also be banned.