Swaraj Abhiyan demands closure of wine shop in Delhi

Alleging that 58 wine shops have opened up in Delhi ever since the AAP government came to power, Swaraj Abhiyan demanded closure of a liquor outlet in Kotla- Mukabarpur.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2016 3:38 am
Liqour shop at Burail village in sector 45 of Chandigarh on Tuesday, March 15 2016. Express photo by Jasbir Malhi Photo taken for representation purpose. (Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Alleging that 58 wine shops have opened up in Delhi ever since the AAP government came to power, Swaraj Abhiyan on Sunday demanded closure of a liquor outlet in Kotla- Mukabarpur.

Claiming that the shop was opened in Kotla-Mukabarpur despite protests from locals, Swaraj Abhiyan, an organisation led by expelled AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, said if it is not shut by August 10, a movement will be launched.

“The AAP came to power promising that wine shops would be allowed only after consensus among the people. But there are several areas where such shops are being set up despite people’s protest,” Swaraj Abhiyan’s media in-charge Anupam said.

It alleged that AAP had claimed to make Delhi liquor-free but it has not been supporting the same and the excise department has spent only Rs 7.76 lakh on advertisements for de-addiction awareness but there are no details about its spending.

The leaders, on the basis of RTI information, claimed that in the first term of the AAP government, the number of liquor shops was 595 and revenue earned was Rs 830 crore while in the second tenure from February 14, 2015 to June 4, 2016, new licence for 58 shops were issued and revenue earned is over Rs 1,500 crore.

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