UP min­is­ter in row over liquor re­mark

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Lucknow: Ut­tar Pradesh min­is­ter Om Prakash Ra­jb­har has kicked up an­other controversy with a state­ment made on liquor con­sump­tion at his party meet­ing. Mr Ra­jb­har, who heads the Suheldev Bhar­tiya Sa­maj Party and is an ally of the BJP in UP, said at his party meet­ing that, “The Prime Min­is­ter once asked me how I could build up and run my party with­out sub­stan­tial funds. I told him that we may be poor but we be­long to a com­mu­nity that drinks more al­co­hol in day than what the BJP spends in a month in run­ning its party”. The state­ment, ex­pect­edly, has drawn strong protests from the BJP, which now sees him as a per­ma­nent trou­ble­maker. In July, he threat­ened to stage a dharna de­mand­ing trans­fer of an of­fi­cial in his con­stituency. The mat­ter was re­solved only after Yogi Adityanath in­ter­vened.

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