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Posted at: Apr 16, 2017, 12:27 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2017, 12:27 AM (IST)

Not against prohibition: Hridayesh

Not against prohibition: Hridayesh
Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Saturday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 15

Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly Indira Hridayesh today hinted of Congress support on the state government’s any effort towards implementation of prohibition in the state.

Hridayesh, while addressing mediapersons at the state party headquarters here today, said the state government had faltered in its very first step by getting failed on a liquor policy and now there was a widespread agitation in the state against opening of liquor shops in localities.

“First the state government tried to convert some national highways into district roads in order to give a reprieve to liquor shops located at these highways as they were barred to do business due to the Supreme Court’s verdict banning sale of liquor within 500 meters from the national highway. There is a strong resentment against opening of liquor shops particularly among women folk,” Hridayesh said adding that Congress was not opposed to, if the state government tries to bring in prohibition in the state.

Taking a dig at the state BJP government, Hridayesh said the BJP government in the state was about to complete one month, but it is still to draw its attention to the core issues affecting the state. A large number of schools are without teachers and it is thus important to regularise the services of guest teachers, she said. Hridayesh said the Congress had given six-month’ time to the government after that the party would object any wrong decision of the government.

Completely rejecting any groupism within the Congress, Hridayesh said the Congress in Uttarakhand was no more in a position to even resort to groupism. “There is no question of groupism and we are now focusing on revival of the party,” she argued. Hridayesh yet again asserted that former Chief Minister Harish Rawat was the tallest leader of the Congress. She also asserted that the Congress was studying the reasons that led to the party’s humiliating defeat in the recent polls.

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