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HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014

Elections to take the fizz out of wedding parties in Uttarakhand

Neha Pant  Dehradun, March 29, 2014
First Published: 22:27 IST(29/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:27 IST(30/3/2014)

What could the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections possibly have to do with ruining the fun at weddings? A lot, but that is if you like drinking.

Extra vigilance is being observed in the region about liquor consumption, in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Strict issuance and checks on one-day bar licenses are bound to take the fizz out of the impending wedding season. The popular cocktail parties are likely to suffer a setback.

As per local party planners, the election season will play a spoilsport for cocktail parties as authorities are taking extra caution in granting liquor licenses. “It’s going to be hard to host cocktails parties in weddings. We are asking clients to arrange the liquor themselves, while we would be making other arrangements,” said a Dehradun-based wedding planner.

As per astrologer Sushant Raj, the wedding season is beginning as early as April 14 and will go on until May end, as far as the shubh lagnas (auspicious days) for weddings are concerned.

Uttarakhand goes to poll on May 7.

Notably, the state excise department and the Election Commission are maintaining a strict vigil on the liquor consumption in the region in order to check free distribution of liquor to lure voters. Ever since the enforcement of the model code of conduct (MCC) on March 5, the vigilance teams are also keeping a close watch on the usage of alcohol in various parties to prevent any unauthorized distribution of liquor under the garb of cocktail/wedding parties.

“We are being extra-cautious in the wake of elections. Also, our staff and vigilance teams constituted by the EC are paying surprise visits to such parties to ensure that the liquor licenses are not being misused,” assistant excise commissioner SK Kamboj told HT.

The excise department grants the one-day bar licenses at `2,000 per day. As the cocktail sprees go under a strict scanner, those who have been looking forward to sipping their drinks may be left disappointed.


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