KANNUR: “After 3 pm, you cannot walk on the road. It will resemble an outdoor bar,” said Lovely Jose Prakash, chairperson, Kudumbashree CDS, which tried to create awareness among the tribals. The success of the programme was limited. “Grama Sabhas were organised in all the 20 wards in the panchayats. They were all against allowing the outlet to continue,” said Benny Thomas, president, Ulikkal panchayat.
A meeting of the representatives of all political parties, Kudumbasree, 14 temple committees, representatives of mosques and 17 vicars from Christian churches and members of cultural organisations threw their weight behind the panchayat decision.
But,the Bevco obtained a stay against the panchayat’s order. The Corporation argued that the panchayat could only cancel only liquor shop licences granted after 2012, March 31. Government counsel informed the court that the state would formulate a new liquor policy and requested it to wait.
The women in the area, however, are not ready to wait for long. “We had a meeting of Kudumbasree workers recently and all of them were of the opinion that the fight against the liquor shop should be resumed with renewed vigour,” said Lovely Joseprakash.