Tamil Nadu elections: Jayalalithaa promises phased prohibition if elected to power

Launching a tirade against arch rival and DMK chief M Karunanidhi for supporting prohibition, she pointed out that he had relaxed the dry law in 1971 and was raking up the matter for political reasons.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: April 10, 2016 4:55 am
jayalalithaa, tamil nadu, tamil nadu elections, tamil nadu polls, tamil nadu liquor ban, tamil nadu alcohol ban, jaya liquor ban, jayalalithaa liquor ban, jaya alcohol ban, tamil nadu polls, tamil nadu elections, tamil nadu assembly polls, india news, chennai news Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa addressing a public meeting after launch of her election campaign for Assembly polls in Chennai on Saturday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar (PTI4_9_2016_000135B)

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa Saturday launched her Assembly poll campaign by asking people to vote for AIADMK so she could continue her governance and the welfare measures implemented in the last five years. She also promised to introduce prohibition in the state in a phased manner if elected to power.

“Happiness of my people is my motive. I have been working for their betterment and welfare throughout my life,” she said at Islands Grounds near Marina beach. “When I became CM in 2011, power cuts were the order of the day. Now, they have become a thing of the past,” she said.

She also listed various schemes implemented by her government, especially for pregnant women and newborns. “My aim is to fulfil needs of every woman in the state. My government has fulfilled 54 promises made in the last polls for women, students, Sri Lankan refugees, and poor and middle class sections of society.”

On the opposition’s demand for prohibition, Jayalalithaa attacked DMK leader M Karunanidhi, saying he has no right to talk on the issue. For Karunanidhi, she said, promising prohibition has always been a strategy to lure voters. Responding to his statement that “AIADMK’s promises to bring prohibition cannot be believed”, she asked why he had made such a statement when it was a DMK government that had lifted prohibition in 1971. “Prohibition was launched in Salem in 1937 and extended in a phased manner. On January 30, 1948, total prohibition was launched in Tamil Nadu. It was relaxed in 1971 by the Karunanidhi government,” she said.

She also said liquor sales had doubled in the state during DMK rule. “Sale of liquor jumped 109 per cent during DMK rule between 2010-11. Beer sales also jumped from 1.32 crore cartons during AIADMK regime in 2005-06 to 2.86 crore in 2010-11. This year, it has come down to 2.31 crore. It can be understood that it was the DMK regime that made people drink more,” she said.

Jayalalithaa hit back at the opposition’s claims that her government mishandled Chennai floods. She said her government had successfully completed relief work and added, “Rs 658 crore has been paid as relief to flood victims. It was a major achievement for our government to control spread of communicable diseases after floods.”

  1. G
    Apr 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm
    Every time common man gets a hit. What is wrong with somebody who wants to enjoy a drink after hard weeks work! All these old politicians are killjoys for the tax payer!
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      M k
      Apr 10, 2016 at 3:13 am
      Very good
    2. N
      Apr 10, 2016 at 5:04 am
      What's going with this new fashion of prohibition. It will encourage bootlegging and people would end up drinking bad quality alcohol.
      1. T
        Apr 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm
        BCHakkari at it again!
        1. T
          Apr 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm
          Jaya has the knack(1/2 transferred by blood) of fooling "BRAZENLY". After feeding the families of all party members by allocating TASMACs to them while she destro millions of families that were spoiled by drinking. In 1991 she did nothing to win. But the fortunate death of Rajiv BOFORS GUNdhi helped her. In 2011 too she did nothing but the unfortunate death of 100000s of innocent Tamils helped her come to power. This time she seems to have nothing other than TASMAC. She will not risk the income of so many 100000000s of families that TASMAC feeds. SO SHE WILL NOT IMPLEMENT PROHIBITION EVER.
        2. M
          Apr 9, 2016 at 8:06 pm
          The BCHCHakkari at it again.
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          PN badri
          Apr 13, 2016 at 11:22 am
          Total prohibition policy very difficult to implement even in phased manner considering illicit liquor freely available even during wet days due to high cost of IMFL. DMK to be TOTALLY blamed for spoiling younger generation by introducing liquor addiction policy in the name of revenue and unable to control illicit liquor barons due to to political compulsions to make good amount of money thro liquor lobby. Vijay Mallayya attended his gson's marriage at Madurai.
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Apr 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm
            Prohibition is not a solution to drinking problem. However, it may be an attractive bait for cornering votes.
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