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Modi did not announce ban on Alcohol. It is Fake News


A post with a screenshot of PM Modi’s speech is going viral on social media which claims that the Prime Minister announced a ban on Alcohol. Let’s check the authenticity of these claims.

The archived version of the post is here.

Claim: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a country wide ban on Alcohol.

Fact: The Prime Minister did not announce a ban on alcohol. The image is from the Prime Minister’s new year address in December 2016. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the image in the post is searched using reverse image search, we get the Prime Minister’s address on the eve of new year on 31st December, 2016. He is seen in the same attire and the same background as is shown in the post. So it can be concluded that the image is an old one.

Further, the taxes & duties on alcohol is part of the state list in the 7th schedule of the constitution. In other words, the decision on alcohol ban or any such change in tax structure of alcohol has to be taken by the relevant state government and not the central government. Recently, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh promised a ban on alcohol in his manifesto for the assembly elections.

To sum it up, the Prime Minister did not announce a ban on alcohol. It is a photoshopped image.

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