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Anna Hazare joins chorus against sale of wine in Maharashtra supermarkets

Social activist Anna Hazare has joined the chorus against the Maharashtra Cabinet’s decision to allow the sale of wine in supermarkets and walk-in shops.

Calling it “unfortunate”, Hazare said opening “the doors wide open for the sale of alcohol” only to generate additional tax revenue for the state was not good for the people of the state.

Until now, only registered wine merchants were allowed to sell wine. Once notified, the new rules adopted by the Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday would allow the sale of wine in walk-in shops or supermarkets with a minimum area of ​​100 square meters.

The decision drew criticism from opposition party leaders as well as conservative circles. Hazare, who is known for leading ‘daaru bandi’ (alcohol ban) campaigns in the state, is the latest voice to join the growing opposition.

“On the one hand, the government justifies the decision by stating that it will help farmers, on the other hand, some members of the government claim that “wine is not alcohol”. It makes it uncertain as to the way forward for the state,” Hazare said, referring to a comment by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who claimed that “there is a huge difference between wine and wine. alcohol “.

According to the Indian Constitution, it is the responsibility of governments to discourage citizens from consuming alcohol by creating awareness campaigns against the “scourge of alcohol”, Hazare said.

“If the government is so concerned about the welfare of farmers, then it should provide a fair support price for agricultural products. The government deliberately ignored this and set itself the goal of selling 1,000 million liters of wine in one year. What will be achieved through this is the real question,” Hazare said.

BJP officials including state opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis, state president Chandrakant Patil, right-wing organization Sambhajirao Bhide Guruji of Shivpratishthan Hindustan and Warkari preacher Bandatatya Karadkar issued statements s opposing the decision of the state government.