TAMIL NADU

Govt. faltering in liquor policy: Karunanidhi

CHENNAI NOV. 6. The DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, today criticised the AIADMK Government's liquor policy, saying the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, seemed to be changing it every now and then.

In a statement here, he dared the Government to introduce prohibition.

When she came to power in 1991, she banned cheap liquor but she reintroduced it during the subsequent term of the AIADMK from January 1, 2002.

Again, from April 14, 2002, the Government stopped cheap liquor.

Also, after giving licence to wine shops to run bars from June 1, 1992, the Government withdrew it the next year. In 2002, the AIADMK Government again allowed the bars to function. While disallowing the bars in 1993, Ms. Jayalalithaa cited the public opposition to the bars and the inconvenience caused to women.

In 2002, she cited requests from liquor consumers and the public for reopening the bars.

The changes only showed that the Government was faltering in its liquor policy.

If Ms. Jayalalithaa was indeed concerned about the views of the people, she should restore free power supply to farmers and the concessions withdrawn for government employees, said Mr. Karunanidhi.