Urinal named after Ajit Pawar

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 09, 2013 10:24 hrs

Jalna: Days after Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar triggered a controversy with his 'urination' remark, some activists have named a urinal at Jalna district in Maharashtra after the leader, reports said on Tuesday.

The activists made the move in retaliation to Ajit Pawar's remark that had drawn widespread criticism against him.

"A poster with Ajit's photograph was pasted there following which some activists named it after the politician," CNN-IBN reported.

Ajit Pawar on Monday termed his 'urination' remark as 'the biggest mistake of my political life'.

At a rally on Saturday, the 53-year-old Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) politician from the drought-hit state, asked if leaders should urinate to supply water.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, he said, "Holding an important position, I should have spoken with responsibility. I again humbly apologize to everyone I have hurt."

Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday apologized for his nephew Ajit Pawar's 'urination' remark terming it as 'unwanted'.

"I duly apologise on the behalf of Deputy CM of Maharashtra for the unwanted comment that he had made," Sharad Pawar tweeted.

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.

He was quoted in media saying that he heard that population in Maharashtra is rising owing to shortage 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, Ajit 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.

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, ruled by a coalition of the Congress and the NCP, is reeling under a severe drought situation for a long time now.

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