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Cong protests exemption of prohibition in SEZs

Congress demands immediate withdrawal of the exemption of prohibition in SEZs.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 17:41 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Protesting the Gujarat government's decision to keep Special Economic Zones (SEZs) outside the purview of the prohibition law, Congress on Tuesday demanded immediate withdrawal of the exemption.

State Congress workers raised slogans against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and also "poured liquor" on the roads.

"The state government, instead of relaxing the prohibition law, should work on solving basic problems faced by the people," Leader of Opposition Arjun Modhvadia told reporters.

Around 30 per cent of children in the state were uneducated and people were not getting potable water in remote villages, Modhvadia alleged and added the government, instead of solving these problems, wanted people "to consume liquor rather than milk or water".

The Gujarat government on Saturday had announced that people living in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and having the required liquor card, would be exempt from the prohibition law.

Prohibition has also been relaxed for delegates from outside Gujarat participating in international and national seminars by issuing group permit to them.

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