Kerala Liquor Policy: Watering down will lead to electoral setback for Congress, says Church

The local body elections in Kerala is slated for next year, which would be followed by Assembly elections.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: December 6, 2014 3:40 am

A day after Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the Assembly that the new liquor policy would undergo necessary changes considering practical and legal aspects, Kerala Catholic Bishop Council’s Anti-Liquor Movement has warned the Congress government of electoral setback.

While addressing a meeting of the movement in Kottayam, its chairman Bishop R Inchananiyil said the shift in the liquor policy of the government forced them to believe the allegation that state Finance Minister K M Mani had accepted bribe for renewing liquor licence of hotels.

“We had not believed the allegation that Mani had taken bribe from bar hotel owners. But the government decision to bring in changes in the liquor policy makes us to believe the allegation. The government would face setback in the coming elections,’’ said the bishop.

The local body elections in Kerala is slated for next year, which would be followed by Assembly elections.

Mani, chairman of Christian-dominated regional party Kerala Congress, is a member of Catholic Church.

The Bishop is a known as a Congress sympathiser.

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    Darren
    Dec 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm
    The Church should focus on the mandate given to the committed & faithful leaders, by the Word of God, and allow the elected members of each consuency focus on the mandate given by their respective consituents.And, further more, if Church leaders have received the gift of prophecy, then use it to further The Word of God, rather than make predictions about electoral success of political parties.
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      Mercy M.
      Dec 6, 2014 at 6:34 am
      we do hope that these Bishops and other godmen refrain from becoming politicians. They seem to have only one agenda,i.e Liquor and Liquor. They seem to have not seen other very starring problems of the society like corruption, gold smuglling, dowery,frauds,querry mining etc.
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      1. Andrew Mohan Charles
        Dec 6, 2014 at 6:54 am
        How many minutes for comment approval here? No free speech?
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        1. Andrew Mohan Charles
          Dec 6, 2014 at 6:51 am
          We the people believe Mani has taken a bribe! There has to be an investigation now that a public statement has been made. The Bishop should keep his nose out of the affair we are discussing spis here not the spirit!The tipplers in the church should stop taking sides in a matter they know nothing about that except that much criticized rehabilitation approach they have on alcoholism.The reality is that we restricted home grown toddy consumption which had cultural sauards inbuilt into the consumption with approved social settings and norms of behaviour.We encouraged an alien brew with no space in the cultural setting of Kerala and reaped the harm.If the ic politicians think they be not to blame for that situation they are wrong. The answer is not prohibition but a restoration of centuries old practices encourage that if you don't want to replace a known devil with another.Prohibition has never worked anywhere but increased criminality so don't make veiled threats about votes.
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