Ajit Pawar fasts in Pune to atone for objectionable ‘urine’ remark

Pune, April 14 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar went on a day-long fast at the Yashwantrao Chavan Samadhi sthal in Karad on Sunday in an act of self-introspection over his objectionable ‘urine’ remark on the state’s drought situation.

Addressing a public meeting in a village in Pune’s Indapur last week, Pawar had mocked a farmer, Bhaiyya Deshmukh, from a drought-hit area in Solapur who has been on a hunger strike at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, demanding more water.

“He has been fasting 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,” Ajit Pawar had said.

His comments had drawn very strong and angry reactions from all quarters, forcing him to apologize.

Such was the furore caused, that Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar had to apologise on his nephew’s behalf. (ANI with inputs)

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