Amaravati | Jagran News Desk: Andhra Pradesh BJP chief Somu Veerraju has promised liquor at Rs 50 per bottle, besides other initiatives, if the party is voted to power in 2024 Assembly polls. "I am telling you that one crore people are drinking (alcohol) in the state. All of you people vote for BJP, we will offer you cheap liquor at Rs 75. If the revenues are good we will even supply at just Rs 50, (not bad liquor), definitely a good one," Veerraju said indirectly pointing to high prices of liquor in the state.

"Liquor is being sold under labels like 'Special Status', 'Governor's Medal'. They are not selling branded liquor. They said full liquor prohibition but are making and selling brandy,” he said.

In a public meeting held on Tuesday, Veerraju lashed out at Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress government and opposition Telugu Desam Party. He said that the political forces in the state failed to develop the state despite the abundant resources and long sea coast it has.

Referring to some of the state government Direct Benefit Transfer schemes, the BJP leader said on average a person consumes liquor for about Rs 12000 per month and Jagan Mohan Reddy is collecting all that amount and giving it back in the name of a scheme.

"You (state government) are drinking people’s blood. Every month a person is spending Rs 12,000 on liquor. The government is taking this money and giving it back in the guise of welfare schemes," he said.

Veerraju asserted that BJP is committed to making Amaravati the capital and developing the region in just three years if voted to power in AP.

Describing Communists as "barking dogs", Veerraju alleged that the left parties destroyed the country.

Former Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Purandareswari and Rajya Sabha members YS Chowdary and MC Ramesh also spoke in the meeting.

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Subhasish Dutta