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Opposition parties in Telangana oppose KCR's proposed cheap liquor scheme
For the first time in the last 15 months, all the opposition parties in Telangana are coming together under one platform against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's new liquor policy.
The major opposition took a unanimous decision to launch a massive public campaign against the State Government's proposal to introduce cheap liquor. Different NGOs and Women's Organisations are also joining them.

Strongly protesting against the government's decision to introduce cheap liquor Congress, TDP, BJP and left parties have formed a Steering Committee and Prof. Vishveshwar Rao has been appointed as its Chairman.

The government is intending to implement this new excise policy from October 1, a day ahead of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, who strongly pleaded for prohibition. Till now these parties are fighting on their own on various issues against the government.

They also pointed out that this reflects the worsening financial health of the government, though it claimed to be one of the advanced state in the country with surplus resources.

Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy accused the TRS Government of playing with the lives and health of poor people by promoting cheap liquor.

Telangana TDP Legislature Party leader Errabelli Dayakar Rao advised that the campaign against the cheap liquor policy should be launched from Gajwel, the constituency represented by Chief Minister, Chandrashekar Rao himself.

BJP's floor leader Dr. K.Lakshman said that his party would raise the issue during the forthcoming session of Assembly and all opposition parties should jointly force the government to withdraw the policy.

However, Telangana Excise Minister T. Padma Rao accused the opposition parties of creating unnecessary controversy over the cheap liquor policy. He poined out that `Gudamba' has been claiming several lives across the State.

He said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has decided to introduce cheap liquor to wage a war against 'Gudamba'. He dismissed the allegations of opposition parties that the government was proposing to sell cheap liquor at all kirana shops.

The minister claimed that the cheap liquor was aimed at protecting the health of poor people. He clarified that the government would reduce the tax on each liquor box from Rs.1800 to Rs.700 to ensure quality liquor to common people.

He said that the cheap liquor is the regular one and there were no plans to manufacture a new brand. He also claimed it was not dangerous like `Gudamba'.

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