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UP BJP MLA criticises own govt for opening liquor shops during pandemic

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BJP MLA from Bairia in Uttar Pradehs Surendra Singh on Thursday criticised his own government for allowing liquor shops to function. He urged the Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision on the matter. Singh said that compromising the health of people for the sake of revenue was not justified.

Speaking to the media, he said that it was possible for the government to look at other modes of revenue generation and not rely on liquor sales alone. “The government should reconsider its decision to allow sale of liquor. The sale of liquor should be banned… other measures can be taken for revenue generation,” Singh said.

He also praised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for banning liquor. Singh said that allowing liquor shops to function has led to ineffective implementation of lockdown and social distancing rules. Praising Nitish Kumar, he said that the Bihar chief minister took the decision to shun a major source of revenue for the state despite its poor economic situation.

He said only Nitish Kumar was doing the work of a “jansevak” and not prime minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, media reports quoted him as saying. Since liquor sales were allowed long queues of customers outside liquor shops are being witnessed across the country.