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Andhra Pradesh’s failed alcohol prohibition: why the Election Commission needs to step in

Politicians should not be allowed to back out of election campaign promises

Andhra Pradesh’s failed alcohol prohibition: why the Election Commission needs to step in

Politicians should not be allowed to back out of election campaign promises

Andhra Pradesh’s failed alcohol prohibition: why the Election Commission needs to step in

Politicians should not be allowed to back out of election campaign promises

Andhra Pradesh’s failed alcohol prohibition: why the Election Commission needs to step in

Politicians should not be allowed to back out of election campaign promises

Jagan Mohan Reddy won votes with his promise to ban alcohol. But he’s failed to follow through.

It’s an old story. A politician makes promises during the election campaign – better schools, better healthcare, better roads, you name it – and after the election it’s all forgotten.

Yet Jagan Mohan Reddy, now Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has taken this form of deception to a new level. He won an election with lies, and now his broken promises are destroying the state.

First, there was his decision not to make Amaravati the new state capital, as he had agreed to do before coming to power. Now, the changes in his liquor policy show how little his word is worth – and how desperate Andhra Pradesh’s economic situation has become.

The Election Commission should not have allowed this to happen.

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