The Aam Aadmi Party is very surprised at the address of MP Supriya Sule in which she allegedly told a gathering of women in Jalgaon that they must not demand any checks in the sale of alcohol. 'The state government needs money to run and this comes from the alcohol industry hence we must support the consumption of alcohol,' Sule told the gathering, according to AAP.
Take a dig at Sule, Aam Aadmi Party said “it is really shameful it the alcohol industry is the chief source of income for the state of Maharashtra.” The party spokesperson, in a press release, said: “Or is it that the alcohol industry is the chief customer of the produce of sugar mills? Sugar mills which were started as cooperative, mismanaged, and conveniently sold to politicians at cheap prices!”
Calling Sule a “voice of crony capitalism”, the spokesperson alleged: “Perhaps it is the same reason why drought is not being declared even when it stares us in the face - when drought is declared then water will be reserved for humans and animals, not crops. But the politicians need to water sugar cane crops as they supply raw material to the sugar mills who in turn supply raw products to the alcohol industry?”
Valuable water that should be diverted to feed cattle and to grow fodder where ever possible, the spokesperson alleged, is being continually used for sugarcane farms even thought Maharashtra is facing its worst drought in 50 years.
“Sugar cane farmers are not being given fair prices. Sugar mills are polluting water reservoirs and rivers... all this to promote alcohol. Crony capitalism does not care for the cry of a woman whose life has been laid waste by alcohol abuse nor about a 6 year old boy who committed suicide as he could not accept that his parents were forced to abandon his prized pair of bulls as they had no water left to fend for them,” the spokesperson rued.