Vishal Mistry, Rajpipla: Even as the Gujarat government tightens the noose over bootleggers to ensure that prohibition is implemented with full force, several local leaders threw open the road work in an internal village in Deidiyapada in Narmada District of Gujarat by anointing the ceremony with liquor.
Bharuch MP Mansukh Vasava has expressed his displeasure over such blatant violation of rules particularly in an area where alcoholism is rampant.
The groundbreaking ceremony of various roads in Dediapada taluka of Narmada district was held on October 25.
Dediyapada BTP MLA Mahesh Vasava, Narmada district panchayat working president Bahadur Vasava, Gujarat BJP ST Morcha president Motisinh Vasava and another BJP leader Shankar Vasava among others.
The foundation stone laying ceremony included an anointment with alcohol and this has invited criticism from everyone.
BJP MP Mansukh Vasava said that alcohol has no place in any foundation stone laying ceremony.
It is also being said that many partook the offering of alcohol as well. The ritual was criticised because it came at a time when the BJP government is cracking down on alcohol and religious and social leaders are trying to create awareness of the ill effects of alcohol.
Leaders indulging in such rituals send the wrong message, many argued.
What leaders said about the alcohol ritual
Mansukh Vasava also appealed that such rituals should be avoided in the future to stop sending wrong messages to the people about alcohol consumption.
Leader of the BJP in Narmada, as well as former chairman of District panchayat Shankar Vasava, said that they had done the foundation stone laying ceremony with rice, coconut, milk and such.
“But BTP MLA Mahesh Vasava had insisted on doing the ceremony with leaves and alcohol as that was the tribal way of doing things,” said Vasava. He accused Mahesh Vasava of coming up with new rituals. Narmada district is dominated by tribals.
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