Delhi BJP chairman Adesh Gupta said his party’s protest against the AAP government’s new excise policy would continue and the capital’s three municipal corporations decided to seal liquor stores that violate municipal laws.
He said stores that do not follow business rules or that are near a religious place or school will be sealed with immediate effect.
The BJP would use “chakka jam” on Jan. 3 in 14 locations across the city if the new excise policy is not withdrawn, Gupta said.
South Delhi Mayor Mukesh Suryan said his company has already sealed six of those stores.
“So far, we have sent notices to 22 people and sealed six stores. He reiterated that the South Delhi Corporation will not spare any illegal activity and will close all illegal liquor stores, ”he said.
East Delhi Mayor Shyam Sunder Agarwal said the civic body has so far sealed eight of those stores and sent notices to 70 more.
North Delhi Mayor Raja Iqbal Singh said he had received complaints from several religious organizations and RWAs. So far, 21 stores have received notices and ten more seals, he added.
The new policy, which has already entered into force, aims to increase government revenue, improve the consumer experience in liquor stores and reduce corruption.
Another goal is to redistribute liquor stores in a fair manner and the liquor trade in Delhi is now fully managed by private actors.
Previously, there were several municipal wards, where there was no authorized sale of alcohol and there were reports of smuggling and illegal sale. According to the new policy, only private liquor stores are now operating in the city and each municipal district has 2-3 liquor distributors. The government hopes this will put an end to the illicit practices.