news Friday, July 10, 2015 - 05:30
  BJP State President Tamilisai Soundararajan was detained along with hundreds of other protestors while demanding the closure of a TASMAC liquor shop in Chennai. On Friday morning, leading protestors, Tamilisai Soundararajan chanted slogans in one of Chennai’s busiest areas, Vadapalani.  The demand was for the closure of a state-run Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation(TASMAC) shop on 100 feet road in Vadapalani. Over 300 protestors including BJP cadres were detained by the police following the protest. Soundararajan called out to the Tamil Nadu government asking for them to generate their revenue from elsewhere. “Among the 6000 shops, around 1000 shops are near schools, near temples,” said Soundarajan. "A woman is ruling Tamil Nadu. She should know how the TASMAC is spoiling (health)", she said. "Let the revenue come from elsewhere", she added. The TN government generates a chunk of its revenue from liquor sales. Revenue from sales has steadily increased over the years with Rs. 26,188 crore generated last year, 2014-15. The sales this year is expected to reach Rs. 29,672 crore – which is reportedly more than quarter of the State’s total expected revenue for the coming year. The anti-alcohol protest comes in the wake of a number of videos depicting young children drinking alcohol. Other political parties like the PMK, and the DMDK have demanded more monitoring against alcohol abuse.  BJP has also previously conducted demonstrations on the negative effects of alcohol in the state and has demanded prohibition in an attempt to help families in dire financial situations. Last month, the BJP led a protest calling for the shut down of a TASMAC shop in north Chennai located near the Kaligaambaal temple.  
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