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Updated: September 16, 2013 00:05 IST

Sobhana George’s comeback targets the bottle

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Some politicians fade away from public life, quietly and gracefully. Some fall with a thud or are sidelined and swamped by the pace of political developments. Others manage to find spaces in various areas of public service. A few doughty ones persevere to make a comeback.

Sobhana George, three-time MLA, is on the comeback trail, making the anti-liquor campaign the route for her return to mainstream politics. She has been knocking at the doors of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) for some time, seeking accommodation in the party set-up.

A staunch Karunakaran acolyte, Ms. George was one of the few Congress leaders who stood by the late ‘Leader’ till the end.

She has had to pay the price for this loyalty even after returning to the party fold, and in spite of the changing equations in the Congress at present. Such setbacks have not prevented her from seeking out a space for herself.

“Kerala has become ‘Liquor’s own country.’ The evil of the bottle has spread across society, and even among women and youngsters. The queue before liquor shops and bars has become a trademark in Kerala,” she says.

In a recent memorandum to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Excise Minister K. Babu, Ms. George called for their proactive involvement in tackling the menace. “Why can’t the UDF government think about a total ban on IMFL, on the lines of the 1995-1996 Antony government which banned arrack,” she asked.

Ms. George is of the view that liquor sale should be regulated. For this, the time of sale of liquor should be changed. As part of its energy conservation efforts, there was a move by the Union government to restrict the sale of petrol through pumps at night. The same system should be adopted here by changing the opening and closing time of liquor shops, which may open at 2 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Similarly, there is scope to hike bar licence fee. The current policy is to encourage liquor trade, and this should change, she says.

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Govt should experiment with all ideas to curb the menace of liquor consumption which is both a curse to poor and at the root cause of all violence and crime.

from:  GopalB
Posted on: Sep 17, 2013 at 05:39 IST

One is astounded by the audacity of these political upstarts who came through the backdoor and survive on personal loyalties and flimsy issues for survival. The Indian public have short memories but not so much as to forget that this MLA was accused in a forgery charge of high Government officials. She escaped by the skin of her teeth from being arrested and now once again she is trying for another innings !. Prohibition is a failed policy of the Government of India as a whole and it is better that it is left alone leaving it to religious and other spiritual leaders to espouse the cause and guide the people on a normal course. Before anything we can tell this lady DOCTOR! HEAL THYSELF.AMEN.

from:  L.Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Sep 16, 2013 at 02:14 IST

Kerala govt earns more money from liquor sale than from petrol sale.

from:  shiva
Posted on: Sep 15, 2013 at 23:49 IST
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