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Remarks on pub culture not linked to Mangalore issue: Gehlot

Under criticism that his remarks could amount to moral policing, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that his move to end the pub culture in the state has nothing to do with the Mangalore incident.

jaipur Updated: Jan 29, 2009 14:07 IST

Under criticism that his remarks could amount to moral policing, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said that his move to end the pub culture in the state has nothing to do with the Mangalore incident.

"My feelings have nothing to do with the Mangalore incident. My feelings are my own and in the interest of Rajasthan and its culture and traditions," he said.

Gehlot had told reporters on Wednesday that he wanted to end the "liquor culture" in the state, for which he blamed the previous BJP government.

Backing the Chief Minister, Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said that there were complaints against the then government of Vasundhara Raje that in every village there was a liquor shops, some even in front of schools and hospitals.

"A huge number of liquor shops were opened in her tenure. So may be Mr Gehlot was mentioning about her," he said.