No scope for prohibition in Puducherry: CM

liquor-reuters There is absolutely no scope for implementation of prohibition in Puducherry, says Rangasamy | Reuters

As political parties make a pitch for total prohibition to woo voters, Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy said there was no scope for that in the Union Territory as excise collected from liquor trade forms major chunk of the revenue.

"There is absolutely no scope for implementation of prohibition in Puducherry," Rangasamy, founder of AINRC, told reporters after releasing his party's manifesto here.

"Excise collected from liquor trade forms a major chunk of the revenue of the administration and hence there is absolutely no scope for prohibition here," he said. Political parties in neighbouring Tamil Nadu like DMK and PMK have promised total prohibition if elected to power while ruling AIADMK has promised to introduce it in a phased manner.

In the Union Territory, People's Welfare Front-DMDK-TMC combine, PMK and BJP have promised to bring in prohibition if elected to power.

As per the manifesto, families with ration cards would be given free washing machines, set top boxes and 'pure drinking water' free of cost at the rate of two cans per week to each family.

Rangasamy said the manifesto focuses on "transparent administration, corruption free governance and environment friendly industrialisation."

The AINRC supremo said the party was seeking renewed mandate of the voters in the polls on the basis of 'people friendly administration' provided by the party since it came to power in 2011.

"We are seeking renewed mandate of the people for the second successive term so that the welfare measures implemented for benefit of students, fishermen, scheduled castes, backward classes, the elderly and other sections of people would continue without break," he said.

To a question on the Union Territory's relations with the Centre, the Chief Minister said Puducherry had always had "cordial relations with the Centre as it happens to be a Union Territory" and this cordial rapport would continue.

On the plea for statehood for Puducherry, he said there was no change in the long-pending demand and Centre is being pressed on the matter.

Rangasamy said the party's manifesto promises balanced development of all the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.

AINRC, founded in 2011 months before the then election, is fighting the polls on its own in all the 30 assembly constituencies.

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