KCBC warns against Liquor Policy: Challenges for referendum; CPM accepts challenge

Kozhikode: Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) has come out strongly against the decision of the state government to reopen all the liquor shops of the state.

 

Kozhikode: Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) has come out strongly against the decision of the state government to reopen all the liquor shops of the state.  The Bishop of Thamarassery,  and the Prohibition Council of KCBC, Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil cautioned the government that the people's reaction to the government's liquor policy will be seen in the upcoming bypoll in Chengannur constituency.

He said that the popular feeling against the government will be reflected in the poll.  The government is sucking the blood of the poor people.  It should have shown some sincerity at least to its own manifesto.  The bishop warned that the decision to reopen the liquor shops is sure to hit back against the government. Liquor policy is another Ockhi tragedy. 

The bishop also challenged the government to conduct a referendum on the liquor policy,  and added that liquor business is being brought back because of the pressure from CPI.  The government lacks any morality and is betraying the trust of the people. 

He also informed that an anti-alcohol agitation will be conducted on 2 April.

In a retort to the church authority's challenge,  CPM spokesman Anathalavattam Anandan said that the left government accepts the challenge of KCBC against its liquor policy.  People will not believe the challenge of the church, he told mediapersons in the capital,  and recalled that during the last elections also, similar challenges were made.

Anandan asked whether the church had the courage to announce that those who drink will not be allowed into the church.  He said that the number of liquor shops  now is less than during UDF regime,  and the government was taking only such steps only as per the directives of the Supreme Court.

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