KOZHIKODE: Revealing the difference of opinion in the KPCC over the bar issue, KPCC general secretary K P Anilkumar said on Monday that the party had not entrusted vice-president M M Hassan to comment on the liquor policy. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he opined that the remarks of Hassan that the party was in support of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s stand on the bar licence issue was personal and immature.
Coming out heavily against the stand of Hassan and Excise Minister K Babu, Anilkumar alleged that the state government was hesitating to implement the decision taken by the KPCC. “The comments of M M Hassan are personal and it is up to the KPCC president to declare the liquor policy of the party. The KPCC has five vice-presidents and none of them was told to make any comment on the issue. It should have been avoided,” Anilkumar told reporters.
Earlier, Hassan said that the majority of the members of the party-government coordination committee had supported the chief minister’s stand during its meeting. However, Anilkumar said that out of the 96 executive committee members, 95 persons were of the opinion that the closed 418 bars across the state should not be opened. He also said that the party meeting had discussed the issue for around nine hours.
The Congress leader also alleged that Excise Minister K Babu had not expressed any difference of opinion over the issue of the closure of 418 bars across the state at the KPCC meeting. “But he came out in open against the party stand. Some ministers are saying just the opposite of the party’s decision after keeping mum at the party meeting. The action of these ministers of putting the party in crisis is not good,” he added.