The campaigning for the upcoming Delhi civic polls came to an end on Friday. With the end of the campaigning, liquor shops in Delhi will also remain closed till Sunday due to the elections on April 23.
According to an order issued by the state excise department, all the bars and liquor outlets will be closed from 5.30pm on Friday to 5.30pm on Sunday. So, people Delhi will have to brace themselves for a dry weekend.
Voting for all the three civic bodies of Delhi — East, North and South municipal corporations — will be held on Sunday. April 26 will also be a dry day because of counting.
“In pursuance of the provision of Rule 52 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, it is hereby ordered that the following days should be observed as dry days on account of the general election to 272 wards of the three municipal corporations of Delhi,” said the order issued by the state government on Thursday.
Meanwhile, various clubs across the city have already started notifying their members about the government’s circular and the dry weekend that lies ahead.
“Sales usually increase by around 20% just before every weekends and declared dry days. As this will be a declared dry weekend, we are expecting a little more demand,” said Chittaranjan Suri proprietor of a wine shop in Greater Kailash II told Hindustan Times.