In a letter to all district Collectors, state Excise Commissioner Ashish Singh said the order seeks to check the allurement of voters through alcohol.
“No liquor shops, hotels, restaurants, clubs, and other establishments selling, serving liquor shall be permitted to sell or serve liquor to anyone on the aforesaid days. Non-proprietary clubs, star hotels, restaurants and hotels run by anyone, even if they are issued different categories of licenses for possession and supply of liquor, shall also not be permitted to serve liquor on these days,” said the letter.
The storage of liquor by individuals will be curtailed during the above period and the restrictions provided in the Excise-law on the storage of liquor in unlicensed premises will be vigorously enforced, read the letter.
The election for 47 municipalities, 59 Notified Area Councils (NACs) and three municipal corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur, will be held on March 24 and results will be declared on March 26.
Over 41 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes in the urban poll.