BHOPAL: The state government may re- consider its decision of permitting sale of foreign liquor from country- made liquor shops situated in areas having a population of 5000 or more. According to sources close to highlyplaced officials, the amendment in the excise policy may be withdrawn.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had declared that no new liquor shop would be opened in the
state as he was not in favour of promoting sale of liquor. At his behest, the sale of foreign liquor on country made liquor shops could be stopped.When the decision was taken in the cabinet meeting, it was opposed by a BJP leader and a minister. BJP senior leader Prahlad Patel maintains that the government must re- think its decision.
MP Kaptan Singh Solanki holds that no decision to encourage liquor consumption should be taken.According to minister of state Deepak Joshi, he has always opposed rise in sale of liquor. Sources said Chauhan may announce withdrawal of this cabinet decision prior to assembly session so that Congress may not get any issue to attack BJP prior to Lok Sabha elections.
Uma opposed; wants total prohibition
F Bharati has also opposed the decision of sale of foreign liquor from country- made liquor shops. She said she was in favour of total prohibition on liquor in the state and she would discuss this matter with the chief minister.