N Chandrababu Naidu
AMARAVATI: TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday criticised chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for reopening liquor shops without taking necessary precautions and steeply raising price.
Addressing a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Naidu slammed the government for deploying school teachers to control crowd at liquor shops. “Deploying teachers to manage the mob at liquor shops is highly objectionable,” said Naidu.
He slammed the government for lacking sincerity in implementing zone restrictions as people from red zones thronged liquor outlets in green zones posing risk of Covid spread.
The Centre has classified zones based on cases in districts but the state government reclassified red zones only to open liquor shops. He said the decision to open liquor shops will endanger public safety. “The world is still scared about rising infections. There is no clarity on when a vaccine will be available. Self-regulation and caution are needed the most,” said Naidu.
The TDP chief said that opening only government outlets was aimed at pushing poor quality brands that offer kickbacks to top leaders of the government.
Naidu said the sudden opening of liquor shops has caused violent clashes leading to fatalities, domestic violence and suicides in the state.