BJP leader alleges Raut family owns stake in wine company

Mumbai: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya claimed on Sunday that the family of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had a partnership in a wine business of a major industrialist. For this reason, Mr Raut supports the decision to “sell wine” in supermarkets, he said.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Mr Somaiya said Mr Raut’s two daughters had a partnership in Ashok Garg’s Magpie group.

The BJP leader alleged that to serve Mr Raut’s interests, the state cabinet approved the sale of wine in supermarkets and grocery stores. “For the benefit of Mr. Raut, the state government changed the policy and allowed the sale of wine in supermarkets,” Mr. Somaiya said.

The Raut family had signed a partnership agreement on April 16, 2021 for the business with Mr. Garg’s Magpie Group, Mr. Somaiya said.

“After that, Mr. Raut’s daughter, Vidhita and Purvshi, became partners of Magpie DFS PVT LTD. Subsequently, Magpie Company wrote a letter to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of the Central Government on January 12, 2022, stating that its main business is the distribution of wine. Subsequently, the State Cabinet decided on January 27, 2022 to allow the sale of wine in supermarkets and grocery stores. Magpie Company distributes wine to five-star hotels in major cities, including Mumbai and Pune,” he added.

Refuting the BJP leader’s claims, Mr Raut said: “If my family has vineyards, I am ready to give it to them (Mr Somaiya).”

The Sena executive said Ashok Garg was his friend and being a director of the company was not an offence.

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