“Seers of Mutts should conduct an awareness programme to refrain people from exercising their franchise in an inebriated condition,” appealed Sachidananda Hege, Chairman, Karnataka State Temperance Board (KSTB).

Addressing a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here yesterday, he said “As poll code of conduct is in force now, KSTB cananot organise any programme. The Election Commission has been requested to keep KSTB out of the purview of poll code of conduct to facilitate the latter to create awareness among people on the ill-effects of drinking alcohol.”

Hegde recalled that at a round table confrerence of heads of Mutts held recently, a decision was taken to have a liquor-free election which should be put to practice now during the ensuing polls. “The Election Commission of India should look into this issue and not give voting rights to those who exercise their franchiseState boasts of 2 crore drunks Temperance Board city

Ahead of polls, awareness pamphlets have been despatched to Mutts on liquor consumption, which should be distributed to people and students of colleges,” said Hegde.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore