BJP left red-faced as Maharashtra minister Ram Shinde seen urinating in public, Opposition takes jibe at Swachh Bharat

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was left red-faced on Monday after a video of a senior minister urinating in public went viral, with many raising questions.

IANS November 20, 2017 16:14:54 IST
BJP left red-faced as Maharashtra minister Ram Shinde seen urinating in public, Opposition takes jibe at Swachh Bharat

Mumbai: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was left red-faced on Monday after a video of a senior minister urinating in public went viral, with many raising questions on the government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

A video clip showed Water Conservation Minister Ram Shinde urinating in public on the Solapur-Barshi Road while on an official tour on Saturday.

Ironically, the video hit social media on Sunday, which was celebrated as the World Toilet Day, causing major embarrassment to the ruling alliance.

BJP left redfaced as Maharashtra minister Ram Shinde seen urinating in public Opposition takes jibe at Swachh Bharat

Maharashtra water conservation minister Ram Shinde. Twitter/@proframshinde

However, Shinde defended himself on the ground that he was unwell and had to relieve himself in the open while he was on a tour to see the implementation of the Jalyukta Shivar, a water conservation programme designed to make the state drought-free.

"I was on a tour to check the programme implementation of Jalyukta Shivar. There was no toilet in the vicinity and so, I relieved myself in the open," Shinde justified his action.

However, the opposition parties pounced on the minister while social media attacked him for his indiscretion in full public view.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the minister's act showed that the government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a failure.

"How does the Prime Minister expect the common people to follow discipline when his own leaders are an indisciplined lot? If the minister could not locate a toilet on the highway, it proves the government has been looting the masses in the name of the Swachh Bharat cess on fuel," Malik said.

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma-Menon also castigated the minister for relieving himself in public and asked why the police arrested the 'Right To Pee' activists outside the chief minister's home last week.

"They are fighting for your own minister Ram Shinde who was relieving himself in public. By the way, will your officers garland and shame him like they do to poor women?," Sharma-Menon asked in a tweet.

Updated Date:

also read

Mumbai rains: IMD says 'very heavy rain' expected on 13 and 14 June; CR resumes trains between Dadar, Kurla
India

Mumbai rains: IMD says 'very heavy rain' expected on 13 and 14 June; CR resumes trains between Dadar, Kurla

Detailing its preparation to prevent or tackle a flood-like situation, the BMC said that all its control rooms have been issued a 'high alert' directive

Maharashtra reports 10,697 new COVID-19 cases, 360 deaths in past 24 hours
India

Maharashtra reports 10,697 new COVID-19 cases, 360 deaths in past 24 hours

Mumbai reported 749 cases and 18 deaths, taking the city's caseload to 7,14,965 and the toll to 15,097

Apply for a learner's licence from home: Maharashtra to offer online test option soon
News & Analysis

Apply for a learner's licence from home: Maharashtra to offer online test option soon

This move is intended to reduce footfalls at RTOs, weed out illegal agents and reduce corruption.