Kerala senior minister demanded money to open bars: Bar owner
KOCHI: In a stunning revelation, Biju Ramesh, a bar
owner and leader of the Bar Hotel Owners’ Association on Friday said that one
of the senior ministers in the state cabinet who is a leader of one of the
constituent parties of the UDF had demanded Rs 5 crore to open the 418 closed
bars in the state after they were closed on the grounds of quality.
Talking to Manorama News, programme ‘Counter Point,’
Biju Ramesh said that several members of the association had bribed the
minister on several occasions. The Cabinet had decided to shut down the rest
312 bars when the association declined to yield to the demand of the minister,
Biju Ramesh alleged.
Denying any idealistic approach of the government in
the reducing liquor consumption in the state, Biju Ramesh indirectly hinted
that it was Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) leader KM Mani had
demanded the bribe. He said that people in Kerala should know the truth behind
the events that led to the closure of bars.
Congress leader, TN Prathapan, who was also
participating in the same programme said that he wasn’t aware of the allegation
and that the matter should be probed if the bar owner is not making a false