“No more new liquor shops”

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State will not open any new retail liquor vending shops from now on, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi announced here on Tuesday. Also, the shops, which open at 10 a.m., will close an hour early from January 1, 2009 – 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. This follows a meeting Mr. Karunanidhi had with the representatives of various pro-prohibition outfits led by Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss.

Dr. Ramadoss, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol. Thirumavalavan and the other leaders had pressed for total prohibition in the State. They told the Chief Minister that they had passed a resolution at a meeting last month that organisations favouring prohibition would launch an agitation if their demand was not met within a reasonable period.

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