Sharply reacting to chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s address in the Assembly, DMK president M Karunanidhi said only AIADMK founder MGR lifted prohibition that was brought back by the DMK regime.
In a statement, he said, “the DMK lifted prohibition in 1971, but implemented it again in 1974. In 1980, only MGR allowed liquor trade in the state. In 2003, Jayalalithaa started TASMAC shops all over Tamil Nadu.” He said people know well about who is concerned about prohibition.
Jayalalithaa on Thursday alleged Karunanidhi had years ago said more quality liquor should be produced and blamed his regime for lifting dry law, affirming that her government was firm in implementing phased prohibition.
Targeting the opposition DMK over prohibition in the Assembly, Jayalalithaa told Excise and Prohibition Minister P Thangamani that he should make it clear that it was Karunanidhi who had lifted dry law in the state as the younger generation was not aware of the whole truth about it.
“We have reduced the business hours of retail liquor shops by two hours and shut down 500 liquor shops as soon we came to power again. So, it is this Government under me which is truly concerned about prohibition,” Jayalalithaa said to the loud thumping of desks by AIADMK members.
She recalled prohibition was first lifted in 1971. Even in 2007 when several parties demanded implementation of prohibition in the Assembly, the then Chief Minister Mr. Karunanidhi had said the menace of illicit liquor couldn