Should we urinate into dams to fill them? says Maharashtra’s deputy CM

Should we urinate into dams to fill them? says Maharashtra’s deputy CM

Maharashtra's deputy CM Ajit Pawar

New Delhi- Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his comments — laced with crass humour — ridiculing the acute water scarcity in the state. Referring to the ongoing hunger strike undertaken by a drought-affected farmer at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, Pawar said: “He is on fast for the last 55 days. If there is no water in the dam, how can we release it? Should we urinate into it? If there is no water to drink, even urination is not possible.”

The NCP leader, who was addressing a public meeting at an interior village in Indapur tehsil of Pune district last night, went on to poke fun at the power load shedding in the state with his own brand of humour when he said, “I have noticed that more children are being born since the lights go off at night. There is no other work left then.”

After much outrage, he apologised saying “These remarks were not made for drought-affected people.” PTI

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