BJP Minister Swati Singh opens a beer bar in Lucknow. Photo: ANN via NDTV

After photos of Minister Swati Singh opening a beer bar went viral, Uttar Pradesh ChiMinisterter Adityanath Yogi on Monday demanded an explanation.

An official release from the government read,”Taking note of the media reports, CM Adityanath Yogi has asked Minister Swati Singh to explain her position on the entire issue.” The chief minister has also sought an explanation from the senior officials present at the event.

First Post reported that the pictures show Minister of State for Women Welfare Swati Singh along with two senior Indian Police Service officers Gaurav Pandey (SSP, Raebareli) and his wife, Neha Pandey (SP, Unnao), inaugurating the Be the Beer bar in Gomtinagar. 

Lucknow Inspector General of Police JN Singh has demanded that the officers explain their presence at the inauguration, which is seen as controversial because women across the state have been staging protests demanding liquor prohibition.