Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls 2018: Women threaten to boycott elections unless local liquor shops are shifted

Bhopal: Women in the city have decided to make their vote count in the ensuing election by making a demand that liquor shops in the residential areas be shifted. In fact they are even seeking a ban on sale of liquor in the state as has been done in Gujarat and Bihar. Liquor shops in residential areas have become a big nuisance. Women and children feel unsafe in the vicinity of the wine shops, they told Free Press on Wednesday.

For them, removal of wine shops from such areas is an important issue in the upcoming assembly polls, they said.  Their protests against setting up of liquor shops in residential areas have fallen on deaf ears, so they will boycott the upcoming election, they said. Excerpts:

Rashmi Acharya, artist
Rashmi Acharya, artist

We have been living Nehru Nagar since 2004. Earlier, there was one shop, selling foreign-made liquor but later another shop, selling country-made liquor, came up here. We feel very unsafe due to this. We have protested several times, even complained to councillor of the area but to no avail. They do promise action against the shops but nothing has been done. So, my friend and I have decided not to cast votes in the ensuing assembly election unless liquor shops are shifted from our area. In fact, we want that the liquor and tobacco should be banned in the state forever. We can’t make any place or state or country smart unless the people of the place are smart.

Sneha Upadhyay, beautician
Sneha Upadhyay, beautician

It is very big and important issue for us. This time, we have decided not to cast votes in the coming assembly election unless liquor shop is closed near Prabhat Square, Ashoka Garden where we run a beauty parlour. It affects our business. Our clients feel unsafe to come to our shop even during the day due to the wine shop. Other than shops, there is a residential area in the vicinity. I also used to live here earlier but had to shift later because of the nuisance. We protested last year, but to no avail.

Sindhu Dholpure, counsellor
Sindhu Dholpure, counsellor

I think, sale of liquor must be banned in MP as it has happened in Gujarat and Bihar rather than shifting of shops from residential areas. Nowadays, large number of the youth is spoiling their lives due to liquor. They prefer deserted place or room to drink liquor rather than street or shop. Mostly middle-aged or older people drink wine at shop openly. I think, it should be ban strictly. We won’t vote until it is banned. There is no benefit of liquor at any cost. Not only does it affects our health but also affects our home. This is one of the reasons of increasing number of cases crime against women.

Naina Verma, student
Naina Verma, student

I personally did not to face any problem due to liquor but I have seen my friends that how they become anxious when they don’t get liquor. They would make excuses to drink wine. Earlier, they used to go for hangout but now they prefer to do daru party. In this way, they are not only spoiling their career but also their life. Crime in society is also increasing due to liquor. So, I have decided not to caste vote until it is banned in the state. It is as important as cleanliness drive.

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