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Bar licences: KPCC to resolve rift through discussions

Bar licences: KPCC to resolve rift through discussions

Thiruvananthapuram: Excise Minister K Babau on Thursday said that the KPCC would resolve all the issues in the party over allotting temporary licences to 418 bars in the state that were closed three weeks ago for the lack of mandatory standard through discussions.

“The split in the opinion is quite natural. The KPCC will resolve it through discussions,” the minister said.

He said it wasn’t possible to forcefully tap somebody’s opinion on the issue on others.

The party-government coordination committee meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday had witnessed a heated debate between KPCC president Sudheeran and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the renewal of bar licences.

Chandy expressed his dismay over Sudheeran's adamant stand that no bar licences should be renewed unless they meet the required standard.

Sudheeran was of the view that the bars with only two-star status should be allowed to function in the state.

However, Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC vice president V.D. Satheesan and Excise Minister K. Babu opposed Sudheeran and said his stand was impractical.

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