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Bar owners upset with Maharashtra government
Vijay Singh in Mumbai | February 27, 2004 12:59 IST
Mumbai's bar owners are upset with the Maharashtra government. They think the move to ban under-21s from going to pubs and discotheques and the crackdown on bars named after gods and goddesses is ridiculous.
Another bar owner says, "Many people visit bars in groups and sometime young people come with them. If you tell them that under-21s are not allowed, do you think the older customers will ask the youngsters to sit out?"
The government has also ordered that bars named after gods and goddesses must get new names or face action.
Prakash Shetty, a bar owner in suburban Mumbai, says the names often represent family/emotional links. "Durga can be a bar owner's daughter's name, Shiv could be his nephew. Why should he be prevented from expressing his affection for a family member by attaching his/her name to the business he runs," he asks.
Bar owners feel this sudden activity against liquor joints is election related.
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