13.5 lakh litres of liquor sold in five days before 1st phase polls in Assam
GUWAHATI: From 7th April to 11th April, 13.5 lakhs litres of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) was sold in Assam. Though the authorities claimed that the campaigners were under strict vigilance the figure itself is indicative that liquor was used to woo voters for the forthcoming elections.
Though the government had announced 48 hours dry day from 5 pm on 9th April in the areas where the first phase of polling was conducted – Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kaliabor and Tezpur – the Assam excise department sources revealed that in five days usually around 80 lakh to 1 crore litres of liquor gets sold out, but sale before the 1st phase of Lok Sabha polls looked like a departure from this trend.
Even in Guwahati 40,000 cases liquor were sold from 7th to 11th April, which comes to 3.6 lakh litres of liquor which is unusual normally, informed the excise department source.
One “full” bottle contains 750 ml and in one case there are 12 bottles. One case is measured as 9 bulk litres which is 9 litres.
The second and third phase voting is around the corner and voters in every area of the city and the state are expecting good gifts from the politicians and liquor is considered as one of the best gifts during elections.