Kumaraswamy urges govt to shut down bars to tackle drug menace

Bengaluru, Sep 14 (IANS): Former Karnataka Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday urged the state government to take immediate steps to close down all the dance bars in Bengaluru, saying that these bars have become dens of drug supply centres in the city.

Speaking to reporters in Bhadravati town in Shivamogga district, Kumaraswamy quipped that the incumbent government is not dependent on anybody's mercy, hence, the Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa should take this bold step of announcing closure of dance bars.

"There has been ample evidence against dance bars in Bengaluru, where many peddlers and addicts come together for a jaunt. The state government must take steps to stop this by banning the dance bars," he said.

Answering to a question, Kumarswamy retorted that even when he was the Chief Minister, he was under someone's mercy, he had taken all steps but a step short of closing down these bars as his government by then had lost majority on the floor.

"Yediyurappa can do it even now, as I have completed all the formalities to issue ban orders," he said.



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  • John Tauro, M'luru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Shutting bars will give rise to illicit liquor distillation. Also it is observed that drugs consumption is more in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan where there is prohibition.

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  • Arun, Bengaluru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Someone should tell this fellow that people go to the bars to drink, not to do drugs.
    Secondly, drugs are expensive and affordable to children of politicians and bureaucrats.
    Thirdly, ordinary people don't own farmhouses to hide and drink with their political rivals. Ordinary people should depend on bars to relax and have some private time to unwind and hang around with friends.
    Fourthly the highest income to governments and politicians comes from excise. That's why even during lockdown UP, Karnataka and many other states opened up bars and wine stores.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Any more requests/suggestions pls. ?

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Flavian, no.... no more. For the time being bars Vs casinos enough... 😆😆

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  • Wilfred, Karnataka

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Glossing of bars is not remedy , poor people buy drugs from small gooda angdies and coffee shops, middle class people will go for pub and restaurants , and rich people like politicians children nd businessmen will go for star hotels and casinos, first cut the route of supply and impose restriction on consumers. - Because of flood one can not close the River

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Also casinos.... 🙊

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    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    If closing bars or similar outfits had to end this deep rooted Drug menace, things would have been pretty easy and simple.
    Almost all the political leaders, their kith and kin are also involved in these big time drug business. If Bars are closed, other doors of business will open and things will continue.
    Bars are one among many hubs where drug business is carried out.
    Instead of preaching the present Govt about closing bars, you should have done it yourself. You are busy taking self pity that you had problems? How easy is it to preach than practice?

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    More then Bars small petty shops & gud angadies are selling drugs .
    You think some posh Coffee shops are not selling
    Common ex cheap minister

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    What Mr Kumaraswamy says on the matter must be appreciated.

    Such bars make it convenient for the drug-peddlers to approach their current/potential clients.

    Unfortunately however, if these bars are closed, the drug-peddlers will not down the shutters of their own business. They will find alternative means to find clients.

    The consumers too, like alcoholics, will always have the sixth-sense to sniff out a supplier even in total darkness.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    You should demand closure of restaurants too in case if you are for closure of bars. There is no difference.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    He asks Govt, but takes his own elected MLAs to resorts, Casinos and to Colombo. Then says JDS is Poor rural party, no funds etc...

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Kummy approved bridge has collapsed in one RAIN. Crores of money washed away in the rainwater. At the same time BRITISHER build RAILWAY TRACKS, BUILDINGS, BRIDGES still shining and will continue to be strong another 1000 years !!!! ( but we rename them as per our comfort and voting business )

    Kummy dont believe our HOTELS and CASION Bars to discuss the political meeting and he thought of saving the cost by arranging the meeting in SRILANKA CASINO !!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 14 2020

    Bar sells only Alcohol ...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Mon, Sep 14 2020


    You were Cheap Minister of Karnataka twice ...once with alliance with BJPee and second time with CONgress....Why you did not shut down bars then ?...

    What were your achievements as CM other than your second secret marriage and amassing wealth??...


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