Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party on Tuesday demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government frame a new excise policy to prevent the activities of liquor syndicates and mafia.

Addressing a press conference here, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu said the government should immediately convene an all-party meeting to discuss the report of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that conducted a crackdown on liquor syndicates across the state in the last few days.

"The existing excise policy is full of loopholes, enabling the nefarious activities of the liquor syndicates. The government should not use liquor for generating revenues but rather take effective steps to control its consumption," Chandrababu said.

Referring to the raids conducted by the ACB on liquor syndicates, the Leader of Opposition wanted the government to publicise the report and punish all those involved, however big they might be.

The TDP delegation would meet the Chief Minister on December 22 and the Governor on December 24, seeking steps to control liquor sale in the state.

Chandrababu alleged that politicians, officials and even some media persons were part of the liquor syndicates.

"In Hyderabad city alone, there are 48 liquor syndicates, each controlling two to 50 shops. It has become a big mafia," he said, adding that the government itself was controlled by mining mafia, liquor mafia, sand mafia and the like.

Replying to a question, he said it was irrelevant who was behind the ACB crackdown on liquor syndicates. "The truth should come out about the involvement of various persons. Why is the Chief Minister not opening his mouth when the involvement of some of his Cabinet colleagues is suspected in the liquor syndicates."

Questioned about the involvement of some TDP leaders as well, Chandrababu said, "The TDP is not above the law. Let them take action against our leaders if they have a hand in liquor syndicates."

(Agencies)