Days after a complete ban of liquor in the state of Bihar, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has come out in support of a local drink 'toddy' which has also been banned.

While addressing people associated with toddy business during a protest rally in Patna, Manjhi said," When I was in matriculation and developed problems, my father made me drink it for 15 days. I recovered and I am still fine. I have not come across a person who consumes toddy suffering from tuberculosis or asthma. Toddy is a natural juice."

Source: b'Bihar ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi | Source: PTI'

Earlier, the leader had also cited RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav's initiative of making toddy absolutely tax-free during his regime.

What is toddy?

Toddy is said to have originated in Kerala. It is an alcoholic drink made from the fermented sap of a palm tree. A ‘toddy tapper’ collects the sap and sends it for further processing. After going through several stages it finally reaches liquor shops for commercial sale.

Source: poskod

How much toddy is consumed by Bihar?

Bihar alcohol consumption per capita per week:

Toddy and Country Liquor – 266 ml

 Beer, Foreign Liquor and Wine – 17 ml

Bihar is not the only state that consumes toddy, there are other states consuming more than it. Here's a table clearly showing the position of Bihar:

The above report clearly suggests that the ban on toddy and country liquor has actually made the state completely 'dry' as a huge portion of alcohol consumers have opted for local drinks in the past.