Mangalagiri: TDP chief and former minister Nakka Anand Babu on Tuesday accused Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government of gradually increasing the number of liquor stores instead of keeping its election promise on phased implementation of the total ban.
Anand Babu strongly opposed the government’s proposal to open 300 new liquor stores in urban areas in the name of “walk-in shops”. 175 other stores have already been opened under the guise of tourism promotion. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Statewide Padayatra seemed to be an inspiration for these “walk-in” stores. In Padayatra, he promised to phase out alcohol, but now he is opening “walk-in” stores to promote consumption.
Addressing a press conference here, the leader of the TDP described as atrocious by the ruling YSRCP to convert alcohol into the main source of revenue for its government. In addition, Chief Minister Jagan had brought in 25,000 crore rupees in loans by mortgaging the drinkers and showing the alcohol income as collateral. The state’s drinkers were mortgaged to banks for the next 15 years in violation of established rules and laws.
Anand Babu said that a seller was appointed for every 50 houses to ensure a higher sale of alcohol. On behalf of government stores, the Chief Minister sold his own brands of alcohol. He lamented that the Chief Minister has set himself the goal of collecting Rs 25,000 crore in five years by collecting Rs 5,000 crore per year through the sale of alcohol.