Prohibition: PMK hits out at Dravidian parties

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Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, Mar 1 (UNI) Renewing his call for the phased imposition of prohibition in Tamil Nadu, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader S Ramadoss today took a dig at the Dravidian parties for being over enthusiastic in opening wine shops.

Addressing a prohibition awareness mobile campaign here, he said ''we hope the Tamil Nadu Government will take a favourable decision in this regard and reduce the number of wine shops in phases, on the lines of the action taken by the Maharashtra Government.'' ''We hope the Chief Minister will pay heed to our pleas. Instead, the Government should provide free uniform education to youths,'' he added.

Dr Ramadoss, whose party is an ally of the DMK Government, pointed out that stalwarts, intellectuals and religious leaders have lent their voice for imposition of prohibition in the State.

''We are undertaking the campaign as it is a people's problem and not with an eye on the coming elections. The PMK women's wing has been creating such awareness for the last ten years,'' he said.

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