PATNA: The ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) in Bihar today acted fast against its controversial lawmaker Gopal Mandal, forthwith suspending him from the party, hours after he was found publicly confessing that he had indulged in the “politics of murder” and also heard taking a dig at chief minister Nitish Kumar’s plan to enforce liquor ban in the state from April 1 this year.
“We have suspended him from the party as his statement is not only objectionable but also against the party line. We thought such action a must to restrain such leaders,” state party president Vashishtha Narayan Singh told the media on Tuesday.
The action followed after the chief minister expressed strong annoyance over such remarks coming from the party leaders in public.
Mandal earned the party’s ire after he publicly questioned chief minister’s move to ban sale and consumption of liquor in Bihar saying there can’t be any Holi without wine.
“How can the people of Bihar quit drinking? Holi mein to bina sharab ke man hi nahi dolata hai …”Mandal told a function on Sunday night. Mandal who is infamous for making controversial statements represents Gopalpur seat (Bhagalpur) in Bihar assembly.
Terming as stupid the CM’s move to ban drinking, the legislator quipped, “Danseuse and drinking are the hot favourites even in the Heaven”. They also add to the stature of Kings.
The state government in Bihar, it may be mentioned here, has announced to ban sale and consumption of liquor in Bihar from April 1 to fulfill his pre-poll commitment it made to the women voters.
Further, he announced to actively follow the politics of murder once again. “Of late, I had quit murder politics but will resume it once again as my opponents are making false allegations against me,” Mandal was quoted as saying in the local media today.
Last month, he had created a controversy by openly threatening his political opponents to slit their tongues and shoot them in public if they continued harassing his supporters.
“I have been shuttling between jail and home. I am first a Gopal Mandal, then an MLA. Those who insult me or my supporters have no right to live,” was how he threatened last month.
The ruling JD-U has taken a very strong exception to his remarks and advised the lawmaker to mend his ways failing which he will be thrown out of the party.
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