The Shiv Sena has again criticised its alliance partner BJP by claiming that drinking beer was not part of Indian culture and there were certain BJP ministers who were insisting that beer companies should be provided water.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had last week demanded stopping water supply to breweries in drought-hit Aurangabad in Marathwada region.
The Shiv Sena mouthpiece in an editorial on Monday took this demand forward and stated that drinking beer was not part of the Indian culture.
“The ministers of BJP believe that beer companies should get water. That is their stand on this issue. The popular public opinion is that the lives of people need to be sustained first. That is the need of the hour,” an edit in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said. It added that drinking beer was not part of the Indian culture.
“Gulping down beer is not part of our culture. The drought-afflicted farmer does not have the financial capability to buy bottled water to quench his thirst,” it said.
Thackeray demanded stopping water supply to breweries in drought-hit Aurangabad in Marathwada region, on Saturday. Thackeray, who was in Marathwada, said, “When people are not getting water for drinking, there is no justification in supplying it to the breweries.”
Responding to the Sena’s demand, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said he had called for a report from the Aurangabad divisional commissioner on sector-wise allocation of water to industrial companies. After getting the report, the government would take a formal decision on water supply to these industries, including the breweries, he added.
However, Minister for Rural Development Pankaja Munde has opposed snapping supply of water to breweries. She said, “No additional water is being given to the breweries. The water supplied is within the quota reserved for the industrial units.”
“There are 10 big industries in Marathwada that manufacture beer. A 20 per cent water cut has been imposed on them keeping in view the prevalent drought conditions. But these industries also need to be saved as lives of thousands of people depend on them. The government needs to find a middle way immediately,” the edit added.
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