Vishwajit Rane. . Image Source: IANS News

Gaya, Oct 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that law and order was very poor in Bihar from the 1990s till 2005 and the state's present-day problems stemmed from those days, appealing to the voters to shun 'lantern' since electricity had reached every poor household in the state.

Addressing a public rally in Gaya, his second in the poll-bound state, Modi brought up the issues of bad condition of roads, alleged sheer lawlessness and people afraid of buying new cars for 'fear of a particular party getting wind' of it and grabbing the vehicles.

"There was a time in Bihar when electricity was supplied to the homes of the rich. The need for lanterns (RJD poll symbol) in today's Bihar is over. Today, every poor household in Bihar has an electricity connection; there is light." "Back then, in Bihar, people did deos which came out were shameful," Rane told a press conference in Panaji.

He also said that the onus of such failures should not just lie with the government, but with the people who visit such clubs or with club owners themselves.

After the photos of top night clubs along the popular beach belt of Sinquerim-Baga leaked on the social media, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the Home Department had been directed to probe the lapse and added that packed clubs and discos as a tourism activity was not appropriate in the midst of the pandemic.

The state has one of the top beach and nightlife tourism activities in the country and attracted more than seven million tourists last year.

"Young people are being given plasma as we speak, because that is what is the situation. Nightclubs are not the only thing which drives Goa's tourism. Tourism has got restaurants, there are restaurants, hinterland tourism. There are multiple ways to market tourism," Rane said.

"Onus has to be on owners of these types of facilities and clubs and the individual who goes there. Children do not visit such places. There are adults. It (onus) is on them... Ultimately, we are going through a pandemic," the Health Minister also said.

Rane also said that Goa should open to tourism, but tourism activity should be conducted by following proper SOPs.

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