There has been a verbal war between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP after the liquor purchase age was reduced in Delhi. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj on Tuesday challenged the BJP, saying that if it increases the age of buying liquor in all BJP-ruled states to 25 years, the Aam Aadmi Party will increase it to 30 years in Delhi. He said that in BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, the legal drinking age is 21 years, while in BJP-ruled Goa it is 18 years.
Bhardwaj said that BJP is speaking against the decision to reduce the age of drinking in order to save people from black marketing and illegal recovery. He claimed that when youth under 21 go to restaurants and pubs, the police recover money from restaurant owners. Bhardwaj said that our decision will prevent this misconduct and hence BJP is upset.
He said that the BJP leaders should ask the Central Government to bring a law that would make the age of drinking alcohol in the whole country 25 years because it will bring uniformity.
He said that I am surprised to see the hypocrisy of the BJP. Till now no one has seen such hypocrisy in any political party. It is very clear that the BJP is shameless. The legal drinking age in the BJP-ruled states for many years is 21 years. It is 21 years in dozens of states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh. At the same time, the BJP has ruled for 15 years in Goa, where the legal drinking age is 18 years.
Bhardwaj said that I challenge Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta and Leader of Opposition Ramveer Bidhuri that first you will bring this age back to 25 years in BJP ruled states, then we will reduce it to 30 years. It is the BJP’s effort to steal revenue and save those who commit black marketing.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Monday that the Delhi Cabinet has approved a new policy to reduce the minimum age of drinking alcohol from 25 years to 21 years.
The opposition attacked the AAP government on Monday to reduce the age of drinking. The opposition claims that the new excise policy will make the city a “capital of intoxication”.
The Delhi BJP president said that he and his party leaders would meet Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday to protest against the new excise policy. He said that the new liquor policy will not only increase the sale of alcohol and promote crime, but it will also spoil the youth as the legal drinking age has increased from 25 to 21 years.
Gupta said in a statement that the right thing would have been that the government would have tightened the liquor policy to make Delhi safe for women and to keep people away from alcohol.