Opposition leader Ajit Pawar said on Friday he is confident in his decision to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and grocery stores with more than 1,000 square feet of space.
My position has not changed, whether I’m in opposition or in power. The statements I made while I was excise minister will not change, although some leaders are changing their stances while in opposition.”
It was our intention to issue a draft notification inviting suggestions and objections, but the new government will decide,” Pawar explained.
“We called for the suggestions and objections to the proposal to sell wine at supermarkets. Now we are not in government. The new government will make the decision.” said Pawar.
Ahead of civic elections in Pune, Pawar met party workers from various assembly constituencies on Friday.
In response to a party worker’s question about the home ministry portfolio, Pawar said, “I asked for the portfolio when I was deputy chief minister, but I wasn’t given it. The portfolio was first given to Anil Deshmukh, then to Dilip Walse-Patil.
When speaking to the media, Pawar said, “I have done my best to make the most of the portfolio I was given. Not everyone gets their desired portfolio, and each ministry is important.”