Sanctioning of bar licence to five star hotels is by Centre, as part of tourism policy: Chandy
'Kerala's liquor policy stated that bar hotels would not be allowed in hotels below five-star status,' he said at a meet-the-press programme in Kannur.
Kannur: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said his government had no role in the grant of bar licences to five new five-star hotels in the state and it was done by the Centre as part of its tourism policy.
Answering questions of reporters, Chandy also said there was nothing unusual in it.
"Kerala's liquor policy stated that bar hotels would not be allowed in hotels below five-star status," he said at a meet-the-press programme in Kannur.
"Sanctioning of bar licence to five star hotels is (done) by Centre. It is part of tourism policy," Chandy said, adding the state government has no role in it.
He also made it clear that UDF would not dilute its policy, envisaging total prohibition in ten years.
KPCC President V M Sudheeran, who has been at the forefront of the anti-liquor campaign, said UDF will not dilute its liquor policy.
"The issue related to granting of licence will be examined," he said, adding that he was not aware of details as
he was electioneering.
The issue has triggered a row with CPM veteran V S Achuthanandan attacking the UDF government, saying it has exposed the government's "fake (liquor) policy" to dupe the public.
The Pala Diocese, under the prominent Syro-Malabar Church, came out with an explanation that the bishop did not intend to hurt anyone and his remarks were not against any particular community
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