It's going to be a dry Christmas and new year for the people of Mizoram as the newly elected MNF government has now imposed dry days till the 14th of January. This is the states first phase on enforcing a total ban on liquor in the state, four years after the ban was lifted.
Despite Mizoram being a Christian dominated state, the Government has imposed the Dry days right before Christmas celebrations.
The Sale of Liquor was earlier banned in Mizoram as per the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act 1995(MLTP) The ban was lifted in 2014. Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga said in a statement, "As there’s no time for legislation now and since Christmas and New Year are just days away, we have declared dry days from December 21 to January 14. This is a prelude to the total alcohol ban which we promised to introduce during the assembly polls"
The Chief Minister also said that the treatment and rehabilitation of liquor and drug affected victims will soon be taken up. While the MNF is just keeping up the promise that it made before the elections, they are facing a lot of heat from the public.
There is outrage among the public, especially the youth ever since the government announced the dry days. People have taken to social media to express their opinions. A lot of the locals are saying that this is a political move against Christians across the state and that the government is deliberately trying to spoil their festivities.