New Delhi: BJP MP Parvesh Verma on Monday turned up at Parliament with a pack of liquor which he brandished in the Lok Sabha to target the Aam Admi Party (AAP) government.
Verma accused the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi of promoting alcohol in the national capital and said that instead of delivering on its promise of providing fresh and clean water, the AAP is giving liquor to the people.
Speaking during the Zero Hour, he alleged that the Delhi government was busy drafting the new excise policy on liquor consumption when the people in city were scrambling to get oxygen cylinders during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
“During COVID-19 when 25,000 people died, the Delhi government was busy formulating a new excise policy with an objective to increase the consumption of alcohol in the union territory,” Verma told news agency ANI.
Brandishing the pack of liquor, the BJP claimed that according to the AAP government’s new excise policy, the age limit for drinking alcohol has been reduced, wine shops can remain open till 3 am and women will be given a discount for drinking between 12 am to 3 am in ‘pink bars’.
“Today, 824 new liquor shops have opened. People are opening liquor shops in residential areas, colonies, villages, non-conforming zones. Till 3 am, the liquor shop will be open, women will be given a discount if they drink till 3 am in bars. The age limit to consume alcohol is reduced from 25 to 21,” he alleged.
“The objective behind this is that the Chief Minister wants to earn maximum revenue so that he can expand his campaigning. He went to Punjab for election campaigning for 2022 assembly elections and said that he would end the culture of alcohol, on the contrary, he is increasing alcohol consumption in Delhi,” he added.
Around 40 per cent of liquor vends in the national capital that are run privately were shut down for 46 days from October 1.
In the transition period of nearly one-and-half months from October 1 till November 16, only government-run liquor shops were open to cater to the festive season rush.