Six more five-star hotels in the State were awarded bar licenses by the government. While KPCC President VM Sudheeran cried foul play, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy maintained that there is nothing irregular about giving bar license to five-star hotels.
According to reports, as part of the governmentâ€™s liquor policy that aims at prohibition, 730 two, three and four-star bars were shut down, and Sudheeran was adamant not to let 418 among them reopen at any cost.
Sudheeran said that he was not aware of the licenses given to 6 more hotels and held that it goes against the proposed prohibition of liquor in a phased manner. Opposition leader VS Achuthananthan criticized this move by saying that the bars that were earlier shut down due to lack of quality standards can now be reopened by upgrading to five-star category.
CPIM polit bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan labeled the governmentâ€™s liquor policy as a stunt to garner votes in the upcoming elections.