Tamil Nadu

Prohibition promise brews a debate

This typical scene outside a Tasmac outlet will be a thing of the past if prohibition is implemented. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

This typical scene outside a Tasmac outlet will be a thing of the past if prohibition is implemented. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi’s promise for total prohibition has sparked a fresh round of debate on the issue with political leaders welcoming the announcement even as they question his motive.

PMK leader S. Ramadoss, who has been running a campaign against the liquor policy of the government and CPI(M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan felt that the announcement had been made with Assembly elections next year in mind.

“Mr. Karunanidhi, who ruined the State by taking the colossal decision to open liquor shops in the year 1971, had realised the evils of his action after 44 years. The obvious reason is that elections are only eight months away,” Dr Ramadoss said.

“If Mr. Karunanidhi is really committed to prohibition he should first persuade his party leaders, who are owning breweries, to close their units.

Pointing out that both the DMK and the AIADMK had always stayed away from the campaign for prohibition, Mr. Ramakrishnan wondered whether it was announced with an eye on election.’

“Anyway prohibition is a very important issue. All should come forward to raise their voice against liquor sale in the State as it has destroyed the economy, culture and the civilisation,” he said.

TNCC president E.V.K.S. Elangovan welcomed the announcement saying that it was immaterial to go into the motive behind it and to question the time Mr. Karunanidhi had chosen to make his announcement.

“If prohibition was in place during the Congress rule in the State, it can be done even now,” he said.

Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol. Thirumavalan said since all political parties have unanimously expressed their opinion in support of total prohibition, the State government should immediately implement it.

He said liquor shops had become the real exploiters of the livelihood of the people when 56 per cent of the families in rural areas had no land and 79 per cent of them were earning less then Rs 5000 per month.

Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) leader G.K.Vasan also urged the State government to immediately implement prohibition in deference to the wish of people and political parties.

Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K. Krishamswamy said the DMK should include prohibition in its election manifesto to lent credibility to its announcement.

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