Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Arvind Government seemed determined to ruin the people of Delhi, who are already battling price rise, unemployment and economic crisis. He said that the latest Government move to make home delivery of liquor, besides allowing any number of liquor vends in every ward to surpass the existing number of 850 vends flouting all rules and regulations, and all sorts of concessions/rebates in liquor shops to attract liquor drinkers of all ages, particularly the unemployed youth, will be disastrous as Chief Minister Arvind has become a puppet at the hands of the liquor mafia due to his greed for commission and corruption.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was shocking to understand that besides liquor, liquor outlets will also sell cigars, chocolates laced with liquor, and have testing rooms for drinkers and turn the Capital into ‘Nashe Ki Rajdhani’.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that people are struggling to manage household budgets due to sharp rise in the prices of all essential commodities, including vegetables, pulses and cooking oil, but liquor has become cheaper, and the Capital has now become the hub of liquor consumption with round-the-clock availability of the stuff that cheers, to destroy the young generation, who are without proper jobs and livelihoods, resulting in a sharp increase in crimes in the past few months, particularly crimes against women.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that Chief Minister Arvind should have given priority in generating jobs, regularising the ad hoc sanitation workers and teachers, ad hoc workers in many Government departments, strengthening hospital infrastructures, creating new schools and colleges, and relaying and repairing the broken roads and streets, instead of opening new vends, which will result in the destruction of the Capital. He said that the Capital is already suffering due to the long absence of Chief Minister Arvind from Delhi, as he has been visiting Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra etc. to feather his political ambition at the cost of Delhiites, and by squandering the money of the taxpayers of the Capital, while water and power shortage have made the lives of the people unbearable in this searing heat.