An MLA in Rajasthan has written to chief minister Ashok Gehlot demanding the opening of liquor shops. The MLA has claimed that drinking alcohol will kill coronavirus present in the throat.

Bharat Singh, MLA from Kota's Sangod, said that when alcohol-based sanitizers can kill the virus then drinking alcohol will also do the same.

Singh also said that the state government is incurring huge losses due to the shutdown of liquor shops.

Interestingly, Kundanpur is the second MLA in Rajasthan to publicly demand opening of liquor shops. In early April, Balwant Singh Punia, the CPI(M) MLA for Bhadra, wrote to Gehlot about the risk of the liquor mafia spreading its influence in the state given the ban on sales.

146 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 9am on May 1 in Rajasthan, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total number of reported cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan to 2,584. Among the total people infected as on date, 836 have recovered and 58 have passed away.

In most parts of the country, liquor shops shut down temporarily as soon as the national lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, in order to contain the further spread of novel coronavirus in the country.