Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar today apologised for his controversial comments on water shortage and load-shedding saying that he had hurt the sentiments of the people as well as the Legislature.
Making a personal clarification after the Lower House witnessed noisy scenes and two adjournments over his remarks,Pawar admitted that he should have used his words carefully.
“My comments on Saturday were not directed towards drought affected people and I had no intentions to hurt anybody’s sentiments,” he clarified.
Pawar,who is the state energy as well as finance minister,said the state government has accorded top priority to drought relief measures and the government stand has been made clear in this year’s budget provisions as well as debates in the Legislature.
The state government is committed to provide water,cattle fodder and waiver of students fees in drought affected areas. “I hope my comments will not affect the drought relief measures. The relief works will continue vigorously,” he said.
Opposition members continued to shout slogans against Pawar even as he was making the statement. After the statement,Speaker Dilip Walse Patil adjourned the House for 30 minutes.
“If there is no water in the dam…Should we urinate into it?” Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had asked in a comment made on Saturday at an interior village in Indapur tehsil of Pune that kicked up a controversy for mocking farmers reeling under severe drought.
The NCP leader followed up this comment laced with crass humour with another remark poking fun at load-shedding in the state stating,”I have noticed that more children are being born since the lights go off at night. There is no other work left then.”