NEW DELHI, February 15: A large number Congress workers and leaders gheraoed the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Civil Lines demanding the withdrawal of the Excise Policy of the Aam Aadmi Party Government.
The gherao was held at the direction of DPCC president Anil Kumar, and the Congress workers carried placards with slogans such as “Nayi Sharab Neeti Wapas Lo, Wapas Lo”, “Kejriwal Yuvanko Sharab Nahi, Rojgar Do”, etc.
Prominent among those who participated in the gherao were former Union Ministers Jagdish Tytler and Krishna Tirath, ex-MP Ramesh Kumar, Communications Department Chairman Shri Anil Bhardwaj, Sandeep Goswami, DPCC vice-president and ex-MLA Jaikishan, and ex-MLAs Hari Shankar Gupta.
Chairman of the Communications Department Anil Bhardwaj said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been making loud announcements in Punjab that he would make the State “Nasha Mukth”, has made Delhi “Nashe Ki Rajdhani” by opening 3-4 liquor vends in every ward, for a total number of 849 liquor vends all over Delhi. He said that to make impressionable young boys addicted to liquor, the liquor shops were offering various schemes like “buy one, get one free”, which has been attracting flocks of liquor consumers to liquor vends.
Anil Bhardwaj said that Chief Minister Kejriwal lied when he said that opinions were sought from various RWAs, social and other organizations and women before finalizing the new Excise Policy, as it will impact women the worst, as they are already struggling to manage home budgets with meager incomes.
He asked why Kejriwal was now running away from questions concerning the new liberalized liquor policy, as lowering of the drinking age from 25 to 21 years, and opening of liquor shops near schools and other educational institutions will ruin the youth.