Rajini warns on opening liquor shops

Chennai: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth addresses the media in Chennai on March 12, 2020. Asserting that he was not getting into politics for the sake of power, actor turned politician Rajinikanth on Thursday ruled himself out of the race for the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's post and said there was an urgent need for a change in the system. (Photo: IANS) by .
Actor turned politician Rajinikanth
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Chennai: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth addresses the media in Chennai on March 12, 2020. Asserting that he was not getting into politics for the sake of power, actor turned politician Rajinikanth on Thursday ruled himself out of the race for the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's post and said there was an urgent need for a change in the system. (Photo: IANS) by .
Actor turned politician Rajinikanth

In a tweet Rajinikanth said if the liquor shops are opened at this juncture the government should forget the dream of coming back to power.

He urged the government to look at other good ways to fill up its coffers.

The state government on May 4 announced its decision to open the liquor outlets from May 7.

The Madras High Court also initially permitted opening the liquor outlets subject to conditions.

However, when the outlets were opened, the conditions laid down by the state government and by the High Court were openly flouted.

Actor Rajinikanth. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Actor Rajinikanth.

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan-floated party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and an advocate approached the High Court citing the breach of conditions.

The court on May 8 ordered closure of outlets while permitting online sales and home delivery of liquor bottles.

Meanwhile the state government has approached the apex court against the Madras High Court’s order.