Ajit Pawar shocks, then apologizes

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 07, 2013 20:52 hrs

Pune, Apr 7 (IBNS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)leader Ajit Pawar on Saturday shocked the nation with his supposedly vulgar remarks linked to the state's drought situation when he mocked a 55-day-long fast for release of dam water, saying that should people urinate to fill water in dams, but later in the face of strong reactions tendered an apology on Sunday.

"Somebody, one Deshmukh, is fasting for 55 days. He demands release of water from dams. But there is no water in the dam. Should we urinate in the dams?" said Pawar at a rally at Indapur in Pune on Saturday and then went on to add that "with no water to drink, one cannot urinate even."

Ajit Pawar also reportedly made another lewd comment connecting lack of electricity to population rise.

Pawar was quoted in media saying that he heard that population in Maharashtra is rising owing to shortag of electricity, hinting that people in darkness have only sex to fall back upon .

But soon after the ruckus over his remarks, he apologized.

In a statement, Pawar said he is sorry for "hurting sentiments of people in Maharashtra with his comment". He said the remarks were not made for drought-hit people.

"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," he was quoted in his apology in media.

He drew flak from opposition like the BJP immediately for his comments.

"This is the lowest of low in Maharashtra politics," BJP leader Shaina NC said.

Farmers demanding water protested the remarks of Pawar and also burnt his effigy.

Prabhakar Deshmukh, whose protest he referred to while making the comments, said Ajit Pawar´s work is to act as an elected representative in the state assembly and not make such remarks.

Maharashtra is reeling under a severe drought situation for a long time now.

Ajit Pawar is the nephew of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. Mahrashtra is now ruled by a coaltion of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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