Lokesh decries early morning liquor sale along with milk


Liquor shops given priority over oxygen and Covid beds
All exams in May should be deferred or cancelled

AMARAVATI: TDP National General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh on Wednesday demanded Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to explain to the people what happened to his great promise of implementing total prohibition of liquor sale in a phased manner in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Lokesh mocked the YCP Government for opening shops to sell liquor along with milk in the early morning hours to the citizens. At a time when the AP public were suffering due to lack of availability of the Coronavirus medicines, the Jagan Reddy regime was asking them to buy their own liquor brands like the President Medal and Boom Boom by 6 a.m. itself.

In a statement here, the TDP MLC termed it as unfortunate that when the people would come out to buy milk products at the time of dawn, the Government was luring them to visit the liquor shops. What message was the ruling party giving to the general public by doing so? It would be better if the Jagan regime would shift its focus to provision of the hospital beds, oxygen supply and ambulances to the needy patients in this time of the deadly Covid second wave.

Mr. Lokesh demanded a more serious drive to do free vaccination to the people by allocating the necessary funds for the same. It was shameful on the part of the Government to pursue anti-people policies even now with total disregard for the lives of the people and front line warriors. The ruling party should set aside their selfishness and narrow mindedness for once and start working for the common good.

Mr. Nara Lokesh further demanded the YCP Government to postpone or cancel all the examinations scheduled for May considering the growing threat from the dreaded Covid-19 infections. There were reports from all sides how the epidemic was turning dangerous because of the most contagious mutants. Already, the Central Government has postponed all the offline board and competitive examinations scheduled for May in view of the unprecedented Covid calamity.

Mr. Lokesh urged the Chief Minister to hold a review meeting at the State level on the Covid situation in the first week of May and then take a proper decision on the postponement of the exams. He thanked the Government for postponing the Intermediate exams three weeks after his letter to the Chief Minister and a legal struggle waged in the court. This should apply to all sorts of entrance tests, semester examinations in colleges and tests for filling the Government vacancies.

The TDP MLC stressed the need for taking a sane and conscious decision by the Government considering how the people were dying due to lack of oxygen and hospital beds in the State.