Kerala Congress president V M Sudheeran has climbed down from his stand on the liquor policy. Realising that the government led by Oommen Chandy will have its way, he Wednesday said the party was against diluting the new liquor policy, but the party and the government would sail together. His remark came after a meeting of party-government coordination panel and would mark a ceasefire between the two over the policy.
Sudheeran told the media that the KPCC had strong objection to the government’s decision to give beer and wine parlour licence for 418 bars closed down since April, but the conflicting stand on the liquor policy would not impact the coordinated running of the government and the party.
“The party would continue to campaign for total prohibition. None has gone back from the liquor policy. The changes are quite natural,’’ he said.
Prior to this, Sudheeran had been making blistering attacks on the government over the efforts to water down the liquor policy. He, however, has been isolated in the party.
The new liquor policy, which envisaged closure of 730 bar hotels and prohibition in a decade, had emerged from the show of strength between Chandy and Sudheeran.