Urine remark: Maha MLAs stage walkout

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:43 hrs

Opposition Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) staged a walkout from the Maharashtra Assembly on Monday as they demanded state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's resignation over his 'urination' remark.

Demanding a discussion on the issue, the Opposition MLAs staged a walkout during the Question Hour.

Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the controversy surrounding his nephew Ajit Pawar´s ´urination´ remark should have ended after the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister apologised for it.

Sharad Pawar said Ajit Pawar´s remark was inappropriate and improper.

"As party president, I will say that Ajit Pawar´s statement was inappropriate and improper," Sharad Pawar told reporters on Saturday.

"I feel that the matter should have ended with the apology," he said.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Mar 6 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 Mar 7.

"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 Mar 6 and then went on to add that "with no water to drink, one cannot urinate even."

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 said.

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 now ruled by a coalition of the Congress and the NCP.

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