Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday termed as "the biggest mistake of my political life" his "urination" remark that has drawn widespread criticism.
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."
Earlier Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday apologized for his nephew and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister 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," tweeted Sharad Pawar.
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.