THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after the cabinet approved the new alcohol policy, opposition leader VD Satheesan said on Thursday that the LDF government’s ploy was to set up bars indiscriminately. He said new distilleries and breweries that had stalled due to the bar corruption scam have now come back as “old wine in a new bottle”.
State Congress Speaker K Sudhakaran has claimed that the bar’s new policy is to raise funds for the CPM and the LDF government. Top Congress leader VM Sudheeran has attacked the government over alcohol policy. Satheesan said the LDF was showing its loftiness after returning to power by sanctioning new distilleries and breweries. He recalled that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan strongly opposed the decision of the UDF government led by Oommen Chandy when it gave sanctions to five-star hotels to open bars.
“Next, Pinarayi, who was the CPM’s Secretary of State, in his Facebook post, had asked Oommen Chandy’s opinion on whether the latest ruling sanctioning five-star hotels for opening bars would help establish Their slogan, ‘LDF will come, everything will be fine’ in Kerala, has now proven ‘right’,” Satheesan said.
Sudhakaran warned that the new policy will spell disaster, citing the LDF government’s proposal to serve alcohol in “specially designated areas” within IT parks, which is a long-standing request from the IT industry. “Young people working in the IT sector will be attracted to alcohol because they are already working late at night. They will become slaves to alcohol,” Sudhakaran said.
Sudheeran sent a letter to Pinarayi urging him to rescind the new alcohol policy. Recalling the increase in the number of murders under the influence of alcohol, Sudheeran urged Pinarayi to adopt new policies and measures to discourage alcohol consumption.