Youth Congress Protests Demand Resignations Over Bar Bribery Allegations

Activists of the Youth Congress protested on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the Excise and Tourism ministers over bar bribery allegations. The march was blocked by police, leading to tensions and clashes. The ongoing controversy has led to heated exchanges in the state assembly and calls for legal action.


PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: 11-06-2024 14:39 IST | Created: 11-06-2024 14:39 IST
Youth Congress Protests Demand Resignations Over Bar Bribery Allegations
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Activists of the Youth Congress staged a protest on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the Excise and Tourism ministers amid bar bribery allegations. The demonstrators, led towards the state assembly building, were halted by police near Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, where Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan addressed them.

Post his departure, the protesters attempted to march towards the assembly, prompting the police to use water cannons to disperse them. Tensions escalated as around 200 Youth Congress workers managed to breach the barricades momentarily.

The Congress has been accusing the Pinarayi Vijayan government of corruption related to its liquor policy, claiming it plans to amend the policy in exchange for bribes from bar owners. The issue, raised in the state assembly's recent session, sparked a heated debate between ruling and opposition members.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has refused the opposition's demand to file a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Opposition UDF members displayed placards and banners, criticized the CPI(M)-led government, and boycotted the session, calling for the resignation of Tourism Minister P A Muhammed Riyas and Excise Minister M B Rajesh in light of the allegations.

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