'I miss beer': Ahmedabad disappoints chief of Eastern Ghana state

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'I miss beer': Ahmedabad disappoints chief of Eastern Ghana state
Ahmedabad, Nov 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat, which has a reputation for being a 'dry state', recently gave a hard time to the head of Akyem Abuakwa, who was in Ahmedabad to undergo an eye-surgery.

A TOI report said that the head, devastated to know that he will be deprived of alcohol during his stay in the city, asked, "How do the state's subjects survive without booze? What's dry?"

Akyem Abuakwa is a unitary traditional state in Eastern Ghana. The head of the state is known by the title 'Okyenhene'.

"How odd it is! It feels a bit like role reversal ...for the first time, the chief and not the subjects are being punished," Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II said, according to the TOI report.

Describing his stay in Gujarat as 'tough', thanks to deprivation of alcohol, the chief said, "I have not been able to drink. For tipplers like me, it's difficult to come to terms with this kind of situation. How do Gujaratis survive without liquor?"

However, the chief said he was happy and satisfied with the state's medical facilities. "I am very impressed with Gujarat's affordable healthcare," he said.

But he added that he was missing beer. "I've never had as much mineral water in my entire life as I've done over the past two days in Gujarat," he said, as quoted by TOI.

He made a quick comparison of his state with Gujarat. "In Akyem, you'll find beer, vodka and wine everywhere," he said. "People go to pubs and have a colourful lifestyle", he said.

Why didn't he apply for a liquor permit at the city airport's international terminal? "I am not supposed to stand in queues," he said, as quoted by TOI. His status as the state's chief doesn't permit him to stand in queues.

However, when he was told that the ban of liquor in the state is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the chief was impressed. "Gandhi was indeed the greatest man the world has ever seen. His theory of non-violence has inspired generations", he said.

The chief also inquired about Gujarat's crime rate, especially safety of women.

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