Opposition, Netizens Mock India's Andhra BJP Chief for Promising Cheap Liquor If Voted Into Power

© AP Photo / Rajesh Kumar SinghTwo Indian men share a moment as they drink outside a state-sanctioned liquor shop in Allahabad, India
Two Indian men share a moment as they drink outside a state-sanctioned liquor shop in Allahabad, India - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.12.2021
The Andhra Pradesh state government had increased liquor prices by 75 percent to control alcohol consumption. Yet, on 28 December the government issued an order to rationalise taxes, special margin, and additional excise duty to bring down liquor prices by 15-20 percent.
The state unit chief of India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Andhra Pradesh is being mocked by opposition parties and netizens after promising to provide the public liquor at cheap rates if his party is voted into power.
Addressing the public in Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada, BJP politician Somu Veerraju said: "Vote for the BJP and we will sell you liquor at INR 75 ($1) and if the revenue improves further, we will provide you liquor even at INR 50 ($0.67)".
Referring to Veerraju's promise to the general public, Srinivas B.V., the chief of the youth wing of India'a main opposition party, Congress, took a dig at the BJP's old promise to voters in which the party had assured the public at large of witnessing "Achche Din" (Good Days) if it came to power.
While mocking Veerraju's promise, All India Trinamool Congress parliamentarian Mahua Moitra termed it a "brilliant" poll plan, saying: "What next? Side order of bovine kebabs?"
Sharing the video of Veerraju’s public address, Telangana's ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi acting president and Minister K.T. Rama Rao took a dig at the BJP while remarking that the party has stooped to "a new low".
A number of netizens have also mocked the BJP's state unit chief, with some advising him to change his name, while others said that this promise will tempt people to move to Andhra Pradesh.
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