Tamil Nadu

Prohibition is DMK’s first agenda: Kanimozhi

Rajya Sabha MP M.K. Kanimozhi addressing a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam meeting at Palayamkottai on Sunday.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen  

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam women’s wing members should visit every house to tell voters that the party would implement total prohibition in Tamil Nadu if it was voted to power, party’s Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi said.

Addressing a meeting organised at Palayamkottai on Sunday, Ms. Kanimozhi said that Tamil Nadu, where over 70 lakh persons consumed alcohol every day, had produced the highest number of young widows who had lost their breadwinners and other earning members in the family to alcoholism.

“Without showing any concern for these poor families, the Jayalalithaa-led government is still saying that executing total prohibition in Tamil Nadu is not possible at all due a perceived revenue loss of over Rs. 30,000 crore. If the DMK comes to power, prohibition will be clamped in Tamil Nadu to save the women,” Ms. Kanimozhi noted.

She also said that the DMK would bring more industrial investments to the State to provide employment to the unemployed youths.

When Ms. Kanimozhi arrived at the meeting venue, two groups affiliated to different factions of DMK’s city unit involved in a scuffle in which two persons suffered minor injuries. Though they were taken to the nearby hospital, no complaint was registered with the police.

Speaking to reporters at Thoothukudi airport earlier, Ms. Kanimozhi said the Tamil Nadu government should have taken appropriate action against the private Siddha Medical College at Bangaram near Chinna Salem when the students started agitating against the administration in the past. As three girl students had committed suicide, the government should order a judicial probe.

Ridiculing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s claim that law and order situation in Tamil Nadu was good, Ms. Kanimozhi said that women, children and senior citizens could not lead a peaceful life in the State due to the rise in crimes.

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