Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has termed his party’s 2019 election manifesto as Bible and promised to implement total prohibition in the State has turned the liquor sale for money spinning, said TDP State unit president, Kinjerapu Atchen Naidu, on Saturday.
Talking to media persons Atchen Naidu said that Jagan made the people believe that prohibition is one of the Navaratnas (nine diamonds) and through this diamond he made lakhs of crores in these four years. Why the Chief Minister, who said that his party’s manifesto is the Bible for him, has totally ignored it, Atchen Naidu asked.
The TDP State unit president felt that Jagan did not fulfil even 30 per cent of the promises made to the people of the State while the assurance given to the people on total prohibition is not only completely neglected but turned the liquor sale as a golden goose which is now playing with the lives of women. He is of the firm opinion that the liquor prices are not being revised as part of implementing prohibition but only to mint money and loot the people.
Atchen Naidu dared Jagan to reply as to why the liquor sales in the State have gone up compared to 2020-21 if at all prohibition is being partly implemented in the State as is being claimed by him. During Chandrababu Naidu’s five-year regime the total revenue on liquor sale was a mere Rs 50,000 cr while in four years after Mr Jagan came to power the revenue is a whopping Rs 2.10 lakh cr, Atchen Naidu pointed out as asked Jagan to respond on this.
“Jagan Mohan Reddy is the most inefficient Chief Minister in the country as he has raised a loan of Rs 30,000 cr by mortgaging the revenue on liquor for 15 years. No other Chief Minister in the country has done this,” the TDP State unit president stated. Jagan is solely behind the liquor manufacturing, supply and sale in the State, he remarked.
By encouraging his partymen to manufacture poor quality liquor and selling the same products at a very high price, the Chief Minister has literally taken away the lives of 35,000 poor people in the past four years, Atchen Naidu maintained. Also, another 35-lakh people who are addicted to liquor have been making rounds to the hospitals as they are suffering from some serious health problem or the other which is due to consumption of spurious liquor, he remarked.
Jagan is a blatant liar, and he never utters even a simple fact, Atchen Naidu said and added that to cover-up his inefficiency he is now passing the buck on TDP and its supremo, Chandrababu Naidu. Jagan, who accused the TDP regime of encouraging belt-shops, has started door-delivery of liquor after he became the Chief Minister, Atchen Naidu said.
On the public platforms the Chief Minister owns the SCs, STs, BCs and minorities as his own people but what he did behind the scenes is forcing them to fall victim to his atrocious activities like selling of spurious liquor. In fact, Dalits are the worst affected and are falling victim to the spurious liquor, he noted.
Making it clear that soon after the TDP is back in power judicial inquiry will be ordered into the liquor sale, Atchen Naidu said that the coming TDP government will ensure that quality liquor is available at reasonable prices besides imposing a ban on belt-shops. After the ongoing agitational programme of the TDP-Jana Sena combine on the poor condition of roads in the State is over details on the future course of action will be given, Atchen Naidu said.