Does Maharashtra's water crisis reach such an extreme during the summer that its frontline leaders start making remarks that both entertain and embarrass the common man? [Use urine to water plants, says Gadkari]
In April 2013, the then deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, faced ire after saying whether he should urinate in the empty dam to resolve the water problem. Pawar said this to mock a farmer from a drought-hit area of Solapur who was on a long hunger strike in Mumbai demanding more water. [Activists name urinal after Ajit Pawar]
The Nationalist Congress Party leader said this while addressing a public meeting in Pune's Indapur.
Pawar also said that more children were being born because of the electricity problem. According to the former deputy chief minister, people had no other work left since there was no light.
The opposition parties lashed out at Pawar for making such remark and the latter apologised the very next day.
Forwarding to May 2015, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who also belongs to Maharashtra, advised people to use urine as a form of free home-made fertiliser to help grow plants better and bigger.
Whether Gadkari's point of view is scientifically sound or not is another story. But it is interesting to see that urine is something that politicians from Maharashtra don't miss to mention about at the slightest of opportunity.
Has the water crisis issue in Maharashtra become so big that the state's politicians are competing hard to find an alternative resource to make it up?