DMK President Stalin opposes reopening of liquor outlets in Chennai

South India

DMK President M K Stalin on Monday urged the Tamil Nadu government not to open TASMAC retail liquor outlets in Chennai from August 18, saying it would lead to further spread of coronavirus.


On Sunday, the government said liquor outlets, shut since March 24, would be reopened on August 18.

In a Facebook post, he alleged that opening liquor shops again was like clearing ‘big way’ for the spread of the pathogen in the state capital.

The DMK chief alleged that TASMAC shops in the rest of TamilNadu had a "big role" in increasing the spread of the virus.

“It was inhuman to not worry about those who may be affected by the opening of liquor stores and be concerned only about the revenue to the government," he alleged.

He added that the move to resume liquor sales would lead to further spread of coronavirus here.

Barring shops in Chennai and other nearby areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Greater Chennai Police, liquor outlets in the rest of Tamil Nadu were reopened on May 7.

State-run Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation liquor shops were not reopened in May in view of a comparatively high number of COVID cases during that period of time.

TASMAC shops were closed on March 24 evening across Tamil Nadu when the lockdown was imposed for the first time in the state to tackle the COVID-19 spread.

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Deccan  Chronicle


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