An independent Lok Sabha candidate for Purnea Rajiv Kumar Singh was arrested on Tuesday after he turned up drunk to file nominations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Bihar has alcohol prohibition which was brought in by the Nitish Kumar government which prohibits sale and consumption of liquor in the state.
However, despite the alcohol prohibition, Singh arrived drunk for submitting his papers for the nomination. Election Observer M Shailendran said that Singh stank of liquor when he arrived at the Collectorate in north Bihar district.
Singh was then made to undergo breath analyser test which confirmed that he had consumed alcohol. Following that, he was booked for violating the prohibition law and sent to jail.
The NDA is fielding JD(U)’s Santosh Kushwaha from Purnea and Congress has given a ticket to Uday Singh, former BJP MP. As of now, 17 people have filed their nomination for Purnea of which 11 submitted their papers yesterday.