Patna: Former Governor of Gujarat Kailashpati Mishra as finance minister of Bihar had pledged to have total prohibition in the state by April 1, 1981. According to a book published on Kailashpati Mishra, one of the founders of Janasangh and BJP, Mishra in his 1978-79 budget speech in Bihar legislature had announced Bihar was committed to have total prohibition by 1981. Bihar had introduced prohibition in phases in 1978. The BJP has opposed total prohibition enforced by CM Nitish Kumar in April this year. The book was released at the third death anniversary of Mishra at Rabindra Bhawan here.
Two union ministers: Radhamohan Singh and Ramkripal Yadav, BJP MPs: Ashiwini Kumar Chaubey, C P Thakur and Gopal Narain Singh, leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Prem Kumar, state BJP president Mangal Pandey, senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav, recalled contributions of Mishra in development of Bihar. Chaubey said late Kailashpati Mishra was the only politician who never spoke false and way back in 1973 had declared the Left parties would not fight against corruption.
Nand Kishore Yadav said late Mishra was hostile to the BJP entering into alliance with the party led by Nitish Kumar and had predicted such an alliance would collapse as Nitish was unreliable, but agreed to BJP-JD(U) alliance in 2005 on pressure of George Fernandez and L K Advani. C P Thakur said late Mishra never tolerated injustice and was sensitive to the atrocities on poor and downtrodden. The BJP organised programmes in the memory of late Mishra at all district headquarters in Bihar.