Mangalagiri: TDP leader and former minister Nakka Anand Babu strongly objected to the government's proposal to open 300 new liquor shops in urban areas in the name of 'walk-in stores'. By not fulfilling it, accused of increasing the number of liquor shops. He said another 175 shops have already been opened under the guise of promoting tourism.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's statewide padyatra was an inspiration for these 'walk-in' stores. In the padyatra he had promised to stop alcohol but now he was opening 'walk-in' stores to promote consumption. The TDP leader said, Chief Minister Jagan had given a loan of Rs 25,000 crore to the drinkers by mortgaging them and showing the liquor revenue as collateral.
Anand Babu said that a salesman was appointed for every 50 houses to ensure more sale of liquor. The Chief Minister was selling liquor of his own brand in the name of government shops. He regretted that the chief minister had set a target of collecting Rs 25,000 crore in five years by collecting Rs 5,000 crore per year through the sale of liquor.