Chennai: women protest demanding liquor ban

Chennai, Sept. 7 (ANI): Regional Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) party led thousands of women protesters demanding liquor ban in Tamil Nadu on Monday.

Youth wing president of PMK, Anbumani Ramadoss, led the protests and demanded Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa to impose ban on sale and production of liquor in the state.

Social activist Swami Agnivesh joined the protests in Chennai city seeking shut down of

around 6,000 Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets in the state.

Addressing the rally, Agnivesh said it was shameful of the state government to earn revenue out of something that was the cause of so many evils in the society.

“The population of Uttar Pradesh is twice as Tamil Nadu, but the revenue generated by Uttar Pradesh from the sale of liquor is 12,000 million rupees ($179,572.32). Tamil Nadu earned 26,000 million rupees ($389,073.36). The state government should be ashamed of earning revenue at the cost of destroying homes, breaking families and causing accidents, et cetera. Such governments should be banned,” said Agnivesh.

Almost all the major opposition parties in the state have joined hands for a complete ban on the sale of alcohol as the government remains silent on the issue.

The anti-alcohol campaign has often led to protests in the state with most shops and business establishments closing their shutters during violence. (ANI)

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