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Apr 14, 2013 at 02:00pm IST

Ajit Pawar observes day-long fast to repent crass 'urine remark'

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday sat on a day-long fast to repent his derogatory comment on the state's drought situation. Pawar is under Opposition pressure to resign over his crass "urinating-in-the-dam" statement over water scarcity being faced by farmers in drought-hit Maharashtra.

Ajit Pawar is fasting near the 'samadhi' of Maharashtra leader Yeshwantrao Chavan in Karad of Sangli district. Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena have been gunning for Pawar over his controversial statement, despite his repeated apologies and admission that it was "one of the biggest mistakes in my political life."

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the matter should have ended with an apology by the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister. He sought to cool down tempers by apologising on his nephew's behalf. "I feel, the matter should have ended with the apology," Pawar said.

Ajit Pawar had resigned in September last year after media reports accused him of being involved in an alleged multi-crore irrigation scam in Vidarbha region when he held the irrigation portfolio between 1999 and 2009. He was, however, reinstated barely 10 weeks later after a white paper brought by the government gave him a clean chit.