TIRUCHY: AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday joined the prohibition bandwagon in the State and assured that his party would formulate a new liquor policy if voted to power.
Accusing the regional parties of not hearing people’s grievances, he said: “They are not listening to the people, but the liquor lobby. I wonder who these liquor contractors are?” He charged that the liquor policy of the regional parties was ruining families. “Congress understands the pain of women of Tamil Nadu. We will fight against this and ensure your voice is heard,” he said.
Claiming that the regional parties benefited from the liquor contractors, he said: “We will have a liquor policy in place after listening to the women affected by the menace and it will be in their favour.”
Hailing Kamaraj’s rule as a ‘golden era’, Rahul said that the late Chief Minister started 13,000 schools in Tamil Nadu as he believed that education was the tool to alleviate poverty.
“Still, parents did not send their children to schools and Kamarajar started the mid day meal scheme to bring children to schools. But today, these regional parties do not listen to the people. They are not listening because they have power and feel they needn’t listen to you,” he said.
“The sad part is that the more you suffer, the more money they make,” Rahul Gandhi said and promised that the Congress would work for creation of jobs for the youth.
TNCC president EVKS Elangovan, senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Kumari Anandan, Thirunavukkarasar and others were present.