In view of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) election, the Kamrup Metro district administration has declared ‘dry days’ from 4:30 pm of April 20 to 4:30 pm of April 22.
Moreover, the day of counting of votes which will be held on April 24 is also declared as ‘dry day’ till the process of counting is over including the day of re-poll, if any, within a polling area.
The order by deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha stated: “During this period, Governor of Assam is pleased to prohibit the possession of any intoxicants by any person or groups of persons, total ban of sale of liquor, giving or distribution of spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of alike nature at a hotel, eating house, tavern, shop or other place-public or private.”
“All bonded (wholesale) warehouses, IMFL retail ‘off’ and ‘on’ shops including club and hotel and country spirits shops will remain closed during the dry days. During this period the storage of liquor by individuals shall be curtailed. During the above period the restrictions provided in the Excise law on the storage of liquor in unlicensed premises shall be vigorously enforced,” the order read.
Steps will be taken to prohibit sale of liquor in adjoining areas of all the 60 wards of the GMC. Any violation of the order will be dealt with under the relevant Provision of Assam Excise Act and Rules and under provision of section 135 (C) of Election Rules to respective constituencies.