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Why Election Days Are Dry Days

Thanks to Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings of alcohol abstinence, dry days are pretty common in India, usually in show of respect like on Makar Sankranti, Ram Navami, Janmashtani, etc. But why are all our election days dry days too? It’s so that political parties and candidates can’t bribe voters with liquor, especially rural male voters, who also happen to be the biggest drinkers in the country.

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