Delhi government takes U-turn on liquor licenses

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The AAP-led Delhi government has taken a u-turn on the liquor licenses in the state as the government would not issue the new liquor licenses to restaurants or mall shops.

Earlier, the AAP government issued some licenses in the national capital and liquor vends opened in every nook and corner. The government suddenly realised because of the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab where the party has been claiming to eradicate drugs problem.

In Delhi, the AAP government issued liquor licenses frequently in the past and in Punjab the party was talking about the drugs issue. Finally, the government decided to stop the liquor licenses in Delhi so that the bad image of the party could be improved in Punjab.

Implementing the latest decision will not be easy. The government may well face protests and legal action from a large number of entities whose applications for new licences are pending with the excise department. Some of them have even paid the licence fee as per procedural requirements.

Delhi government’s data shows there are 704 restaurants with bar licences and 399 mall shops with liquor licences in the city. The number of government-run vends stands at 350. The party has promoted liquor at large scale in Delhi and Punjab, the party speaking about the drugs problem.

As per the information, the number of licences for retail vendors over the last two years had seen an increase of 48 percent.

Former AAP leader, Yogendra Yadav, who is heading Swarajya Abhiyan had fired a salvo at Kejriwal for giving 400 liquor licenses ever since AAP came to power.  As per the information, almost one liquor license was given every day.

The allegations of Yadav had punctured a big hole in AAP’s strategy for Punjab elections while at the same time condemning Delhi to deal with social and economic problems related to alcohol addiction.

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Kejriwal, the master of U-turns

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If an award created for maximum U-turn turn taker in the world, the award will definitely go to the AAP national convener and Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal who did not leave any stone unturned for taking u-turns.

Arvind Kejriwal’s name hit the headlines when he was in the team of Anna Hazare during the movement India Against Corruption at Jantar Mantar. The movement stressed on the successful implementation of Jan Lok Pal Bill. Anna Hazare had cleared his vision that he would continue his agitation but Kejriwal who echoed Anna’s word later changed his mind and stated that the participatory politics was the only solution for the implementation of the bill.

The first u-turn started when he gave the idea of floating a politics outfit for the participatory politics. Anna disbanded the movement and finally Kejriwal formed his party and became the supremo of new outfit Aam Aadmi Party.

After forming the party, he told that he had no aspirations to contest elections and becoming the Chief Minister of Delhi. He even contested the elections and took oath as Chief Minister of Delhi. After the maiden assembly elections, the AAP supremo told that the party would not take the support of any party for forming the government in Delhi but the party took the support of Congress and formed the government in Delhi.

In 2014, the Chief Minister of Delhi told that he was not interested in contesting the general elections but he contested the election from Varanasi against Narendra Modi.

Earlier, Kejriwal had ample evidence against the then chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit. When he took the reins of Delhi as Chief Minister he remained silent and did not take any actions against the former CM Sheila Dixit.

The AAP supremo in a span of three years has taken so many u-turns. He is touring in Punjab and now he told that he will stay in Punjab. Earlier, he told that he would not leave Delhi but he left Delhi and the public in the lurch and working hard to attain his political ambition in Punjab.