Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) came out in defence of its party leader and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who has sparked a controversy with his "urine" remark while speaking about the drought situation in the state.
The NCP spokesperson claimed that Pawar's statement was a "sarcastic" remark and has been "blown out of proportion". "The whole comment has been blown out of proportion and linked in an improper way. It was a sarcastic comment and there was a humour touch to it. He is a very sensitive politician," said Jitendra Awhad.
Speaking at a function in Indapur in Maharashtra, Pawar slammed an activist, who has been on a fast asking the state government to release water from dams, saying if people should "urinate" to fill water in dams. "Somebody has been fasting for 55 days now. He is some Deshmukh. He is asking to release water from dams. How could one do that? We don't have water in dams, what to do? Should we urinate in the dams? The problem is there is no water to drink so how can we even urinate," the NCP leader said.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has condemned the remark saying "this was the lowest of the lowest in Maharashtra politics". "The comment has no humour in it," said party spokesperson Shaina NC. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also reacted to Pawar's comment and has sought his resignation.