Jaya prom­ises dry TN if voted back to power in up­com­ing polls

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CHEN­NAI: Will Tamil Nadu go the Bi­har way?

Chief min­is­ter and AIADMK chief J Jay­alalithaa said Satur­day she would ban liquor in the south­ern state if voted back to power.

But, she said, pro­hi­bi­tion would be in­tro­duced in phases as it could not be achieved with a “sin­gle sig­na­ture”. “Tim­ings of liquor shops will be re­duced, bars will be closed, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres opened and the num­ber of liquor out­lets re­duced,” she said at a rally, kick­ing off her poll cam­paign.

Tar­get­ing her arch- ri­val, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who has also sup­ported pro­hi­bi­tion, Jay­alalithaa said it was he who lifted the ban in 1971 and in­tro­duc­ing a gen­er­a­tion to liquor.

Bi­har chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar had on Tues­day an­nounced a com­plete ban on liquor sales in his state, keep­ing a poll prom­ise.

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