Scores of women affiliated to BJP and TDP came on to the roads to protest the new liquor policy and demand its prohibition.

They took out rallies and lay siege to the Excise office and MRO office in Hanamkonda and Warangal towns.

Addressing the gathering, TDP MP G. Sudha Rani accused the Congress of going back on its poll promise of curbing liquor and belt shops. She took part in a demonstration at the MRO office in Warangal along with scores of party workers.

Demands that GOs 357 and 358 be withdrawn

She demanded that the State government immediately withdraw the GOs 357 and 358. When all the women in the State are demanding the termination of belt shops, the government is allowing permit rooms at retail outlets only to increase its revenue at the cost of public health, she said.

The TDP said the new policy would only turn the streets into liquor centres that would lure the youth to consume liquor.

“Allowing permit rooms grossly violates the rule that prevents setting bars within 100 metres radius of schools, temples and hospitals as all the wine shops will eventually become bars,” G. Sudha Rani pointed out.

Earlier in the day, the BJP Mahila Morcha took out a rally and staged a demonstration at the Excise office at Hanamkonda. The protest was led by former MLA M. Dharma Rao, Rao Padma and others. They resented the new excise policy of the government and demanded its immediate withdrawal.