The state BJP president Shri Adesh Gupta has issued a warning to the Kejriwal government not to open new liquor stores in residential areas and to close those that have already opened, failing which corporations will take strict action. He stated that, in view of reports of liquor stores opening in residential areas, near schools, or religious sites, all three corporations have been given explicit instructions to ensure that no liquor store operates in breach of Municipal or MPD 2021 rules.
He stated that if a shop is found to be operating in violation of these rules, it will be closed within three days. While Kejriwal talks about prohibition in Punjab, he is hell-bent on making Delhi a booze city, he remarked today at a protest demonstration in Patel Nagar against the opening of new liquor shops in residential areas under the new excise policy.
He also commended the Patel Nagar Market Association for shutting down two such liquor stores, accusing Kejriwal of doing so for party funds as well as his own personal gain. He claimed that while he has made several promises in the poll-bound states of Goa and Uttarakhand, he is not delivering on his promises in Delhi.
He claimed that the state administration had argued in favour of a new excise policy, claiming that it would boost revenue. However, despite having a massive annual budget of Rs 65000 crore this time, almost 40% of the budget slips every year.
In other words, why is he so set on this new excise policy since he continues repeating in the assembly that Delhi's annual budget is surplus and that it is never spent entirely as the figure suggests?
Shri Gupta reminded Delhiites that it was Kejriwal who penned the book Swaraj, which was later issued by Anna Hazare, and claimed in one of its chapters on page 114 that it will perform revolutionary work against corruption and the opening of liquor stores in residential areas. But, regrettably, now that he is in power, Kejriwal is doing the exact opposite by encouraging young people to drink.