New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's resignation for his 'urine' remark on the drought in the state. The BJP's women wing will hold a protest in Mumbai on Monday.
At a rally on Sunday, Ajit Pawar 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?"
Reacting to this comment, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said, "Such a statement is highly condemnable and especially the way he has said it. Our party has demanded his resignation and we will pull this up in the Assembly."
Ajit Pawar was forced to apologise for his tasteless and callous comments on Sunday. "I humbly apologise to the people of Maharashtra for having hurt their sentiments. The state govt is committed to providing every kind of relief for drought affected regions. There are some people who are looking to politicise the issue of drought," Ajit Pawar said.
His own party found it hard to defend him. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said, "In his serious speech he just made a humorous remark. He wasn't ridiculing anyone." While NCP leaders claim that the comment was not to be taken seriously, party supremo Sharad Pawar has told CNN-IBN, "I apologise on behalf of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar."
The Shiv Sena has also asked for Ajit Pawar's removal. "The Chief Minister has full authority to remove such a minister from his cabinet. We don't demand his resignation, we demand he should be expelled," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.