In order to ensure a smooth Assembly election in Assam, the state government has declared dry days banning sale and consumption of alcohol during all three phases of the ensuing Assam Assembly elections 2021.
The ban on liquor will remain effective for 48 hours starting from 6 pm till 6 pm when the polling concludes on a day.
According to a fresh WT message on Saturday (March 20, 2021) to the district excise superintendents by Kamal Baishya, the excise secretary to the Assam government, the earlier timing from 5 pm to 5 pm has been revised and it “may be read as 6:00 pm to 6:00 pm”.
The Assam Governor has prohibited the possession of any intoxicants by any person or group of persons during the dry days.
There will be a total ban on the sale of liquor, distribution of spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances at a hotel, public eating house, tavern, shop or any other places within a polling area during the period of 48 hours.
In areas, which are going to polls in the first phase, the order of the dry day will remain effective from 6 pm on March 25 till 6 pm on March 27, 2021, the polling day.
The order of the dry day in areas going to polls in the second phase will remain effective from 6 pm on March 30 till 6 pm on April 1, 2021, the polling day.
According to the order, the dry day will remain effective on the day of the counting of votes – May 2, 2021. The ban on liquor will also remain effective on the day of re-poll.