YCP Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy won the 2019 Assembly elections on the promise of gradually imposing 'Alcohol Prohibition' in the state.
Jagan limited the number of liquor stores and bars in AP shortly after taking power. He took over liquor stores from private individuals and began operating them under government supervision.
Jagan banned the sale of all prominent liquor brands in Andhra Pradesh, including Kingfisher, Royal Challenge, Black Dog, Teachers, and others, and replaced them with "unknown brands." While carrying out these procedures. He raised the price of liquor dramatically. All of this, according to Jagan, is being done to discourage the usage of alcoholic beverages. By the end of his five-year term as Chief Minister, he should have imposed a total ban on liquor in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
However, Jagan's efforts to regulate liquor sales in Andhra Pradesh came to a halt after a year. Jagan began supporting liquor sales in order to generate cash for the state government, just like other states in the country do.
From this month, Jagan has allowed the sale of all major liquor brands in AP as a "New Year present."
In a latest update, Jagan issued orders to extend the hours of liquor shops by one hour. Liquor stores were allowed to stay open until 9 p.m. during this time. It has now been extended until 10 p.m.
This step was purportedly designed to boost liquor sales in AP and bring in more revenue for the state's cash-strapped government.