No New Liquor Shops In Delhi This Year: Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today that no new liquor shops will be allowed in Delhi this year and the future of existing ones will be decided by residents.

“If people are upset with liquor shops, then mohalla sabhas (neighbourhood meetings) will decide whether to shift them or shut them down,” Mr Kejriwal said.

Liquor franchisees need to ensure that there are no brawls outside their shops, he asserted. Earlier this month, Mr Kejriwal was taunted by the group Swaraj Abhiyan, which accused him and his Aam Aadmi Party of going back on a key election promise to reduce drinking in the capital.

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The group, set up by expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, said that since February, when the Kejriwal government came to power, 58 new liquor shops have opened.

The information had been revealed by a Right To Information query, it claime