COIMBATORE: A large number of cadre of the Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) staged a demonstration near the red cross building here on Monday, demanding the State government to implement total prohibition.
“Soon after the criticism of public and the political parties about liquor manufacturing units being owned by the relatives of DMK, we issued a clear statement about it. However, the AIADMK members are yet to issue a statement as they own several liquor manufacturing units in the State,” said former DMK minister Pongalur N Palanisamy while speaking at the demonstration. He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for not reducing petrol and diesel prices even after the price of crude oil had come down in the international market.
“When Manmohan Singh was the Prime minister, the price of crude oil was $120 in the international market and the price of a litre of petrol and diesel was low. As of now, the price of crude oil is Rs 44.5 in the international market. But petrol and diesel are being sold at higher rates,” Palanisamy said.
“The NDA alliance had implemented several schemes for the welfare of the public. However, the Modi led government has not even announced development projects for the country and the public,” said Pongalur Palanisamy. The members raised slogans against the government and demanded the closure of liquor shops across the State.