Polling over, Kerala liquor shops open to crowds

April 16th, 2009 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) Their votes cast in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, the queues in front of polling booths in Kerala seemed to have shifted to liquor outlets that opened shop after two days Thursday evening.
In view of the elections, all liquor shops and bars had been asked to shut shop from 5 p.m. Tuesday till 5 p.m. Thursday. But as polling ended, long queues could be seen in front of shops run by the state-owned Kerala State Beverages Corporation (KSBC) and Consumerfed.

“Yes, I voted and now I am in this queue. The queue is pretty long and am not sure when I will be able to get my stuff,” said a middle aged man waiting in front of a shop in Ernakulam.

According to KSBC, liquor sales in the state last fiscal crossed Rs.4,600 crore, an all time record.

Said another tippler: “The only good thing that happened when liquor shops remained closed was that tipplers like me saved a good amount. But may be what I saved in the last two days will get drowned out today!”

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