Jaitley maintained that the BJP's position remains the same on multi-brand retail FDI and his position was also the same.
"Every reform has its own time. The lesson of this story is that unless you are able to bring a larger consensus in the society, and this consensus has to involve state governments, municipalities, because they are the ones who have to grant all the permissions.''
"Therefore, if in a confrontationist mode the government takes a stand then to enforce that stand on the ground becomes extremely difficult.
"This is what happened to the UPA government. They took a decision but to enforce it right down to the municipalities to grant the licenses to these stores to open, you need a consensus," he said.
The Finance Minister said that "here is a time for every change. "The society has to first mentally prepare itself for any change," he added.
When asked if such a change could be possible, he said, "All I am saying is that my party's position remains what it was and my position is the same."

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