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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