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Alcohol Fight Shows India’s States Battling Modi for Virus Billions

  • New trust formed to raise funds for Covid-19 raises concerns
  • States demand more funds and more say in medical purchases
Customers stand in a queue outside a liquor shop in Chennai on March 21, 2020. 

Customers stand in a queue outside a liquor shop in Chennai on March 21, 2020. 

Photographer: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images

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In the tug-of-war between India’s states and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal government for cash to fight the coronavirus outbreak, liquor has become the latest battleground.