PATNA: Prime Minister Nrendra Modi praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna today for his prohibition policy on liquor. In return Nitish also praised Modi.
if this liquor policy is successful in Bihar, the whole country will be inspired,” said PM Modi at a public meeting to celebrate the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, revered by Sikhs, and born in Bihar. Mr Kumar and PM Modi’s live-streaming admiration of each other’s controversial reforms will have their supporters anxiously checking the political rear view mirror to see if things are closer than they appear. In 2015, the PM led the BJP’s campaign in Bihar, but was defeated by the alliance of Mr Kumar, the Congress and Lalu Yadav. Both Mr Kumar’s coalition partners have made their discomfort plain over his backing of the notes ban. But the Chief Minister’s calculus has factored in that there is vast public support, including in rural areas where the cash crunch has been significant, for the PM’s declared intent of curbing corruption.