Delhi Congress workers hold dharna outside liquor vends to protest against the new Excise Policy.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that when unemployment rate in Delhi had risen to an all-time high of 41 per cent, the Aam Aadmi Party Government was enforcing a liberalized Excise Policy by opening liquor vends in every ward of Delhi, to allow a free flow of liquor, and mislead the youth, which Delhi Congress will oppose with all its might. He said that Congress workers held dharna before new liquor vends today, as the new Excise Policy set in. He said that Congress workers will intensify their protests through the on-going Pol Khol Yatra, to carry forward the message that while people were struggling and suffering due to unemployment and the devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Arvind Government, without extending any help to the people, was fattening its exchequer by earning over Rs 9,000 crore from the auction of new liquor vends, and in the process, collecting crores in kickbacks from the liquor mafia.
Delhi Congress started the dharna today outside the liquor vend at Bazar Sita Ram, Hauz Qazi Chowk, near Chawri Bazar Metro Station in old Delhi, in which a large number Congress leaders and workers participated. Prominent among them were ex-MLA and chairman of the Communications Department Shri Anil Bhardwaj, vice-chairman Shri Parvez Alam, District president Mirza Javed Ali, Ms. Seema Tahira, Ex MCs Ashok Jain, Krishan Murari Jatav, IT Cell chairman Rahul Sharma, Dr. R.B. Singh, BCC presidents Manjoor Malik, Sanjay Yadav, Mohd. Hamid, Bittoo Mantri and others.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind was very enthusiastic and proactive in the implementation of the new Excise Policy, but did not show such keenness in generating employment, help people regroup their lives after the Covid pandemic struggles and suffering. He said that Chief Minister Arvind had been telling people in Punjab that if his party comes to power, he will end the reign of the liquor mafia in the State.