State Congress president VM Sudheeran, who has blamed "external forces" for diluting Kerala`s liquor policy, Sunday came under heavy attack from within the party as well as from outside of it for his remark.
Referring to the now diluted liquor policy in Kerala that initially aimed to implement total prohibition in a phased manner, a Congress leader Saturday said that at times, "external forces" set the government agenda.
Criticising ruling UDF for its move to bring about changes in its liquor policy, CPI(M) on Tuesday said this much-touted policy was a ploy scripted by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Excise Minister K Babu for indulging in bargaining and corrupt deals.
Advocating a nation wide campaign for total liquor prohibition, Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Thursday congratulated Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for the new liquor policy that aims to bring complete prohibition in ten years time.
Kerala cabinet on Wednesday ratified the new liquor policy of the Congress led UDF government which envisaged to shut down bars attached to hotels below the five-star category as part of its plans to reduce availability of liquor.
Even as Kerala`s new liquor policy, which aims to achieve total prohibition in the state in the next ten years, will be submitted to the high court on Tuesday, wine appears to have been caught in a tangle.