Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has called for the controversy surrounding his nephew and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar to die down. Ajit Pawar had ruffled feathers by his 'urine' remark on the Maharashtra drought situation.
"As party president, I will say that Ajit Pawar's statement was improper and unfortunate. He should have been more careful given the position that he is in. Now that he has apologised, he should be forgiven," Sharad Pawar said.
Sharad Pawar's support for Ajit came a day after the NCP top brass made it clear Ajit will not resign. Ajit Pawar had earlier said, "Any decision will be taken by the MLAs. I want to say that any decision will be taken by the party, the organisation."
Ajit, while referring to a farmer on a hunger fast demanding water be released in dams, said that the only way of releasing water in dams would be to urinate in them. The remarks drew sharp reactions from several parties. He had said, "Somebody is there on a fast for 55 days now. His name is some Deshmukh. He is asking us 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 dam? The problem is that there is no water to drink, so how could we even urinate?"
After his comment drew sharp reactions with the Opposition demanding his resignation, Ajit Pawar was forced to apologise for the remark.