All Tasmac outlets should be closed: Vaiko

The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) will continue to fight against alcohol till all the Tasmac outlets in the State are closed and Tamil Nadu becomes completely free of alcohol, said the party general secretary Vaiko in Erode.

He was addressing reporters before starting his ‘padayatra’ demanding total prohibition, from Erode on Saturday.

He said that the party had been explaining the ill-effects of consuming alcohol and how it was affecting children. “Alcohol is the root cause of more than 90 per cent of the crimes that are registered in the state, which includes violence against children such as physical abuse and sexual harassment,” he added.

About his yatra, Mr. Vaiko expressed the confidence that he would be able to take the message across to the people and make them fight against alcohol. “Our yatra in connection with Mullaperiyar was successful as it helped people join hands and fight for justice,” he said and added that the struggle against Sterlite in Tuticorin would continue till the copper industry was closed.

The party leader accompanied by about 300 cadre walked through Nanjundapuram, Nasiyanur, Gangapuram, Chitode, Kalingarayanpalayam, and Bhavani in Erode district before concluding the rally on that day at Komarapalayam in Namakkal district in the evening.

He will continue the yatra from Komarapalayam on Sunday.

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