India, Oct. 22 -- The Communist Party of India (CPI) has criticised the Tamil Nadu government for allegedly fixing liquor sales target for the Diwali season at a time when an economic slowdown has dampened the festive mood.

According to an official in the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac), who asked not to be named, a sales target of Rs 385 crore has been for this year, but Tasmac's managing director Kirlosh Kumar denied that this was true.

"We ensure that our shops have sufficient stock, but we do not fix any targets. No one is forced to achieve any sales figures. It is not our policy to fix sales targets," he said.

The government has a monopoly over the sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and runs retail outlets t...