It clearly shows that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government in the state is hardly bothered about the plight of farmers and their struggle. Moreover, accusations of diversion of water from fields to industries is hardly affecting the thick skinned government.
Known for his brashness, Pawar made some controversial comments which several parties and groups termed as "insulting" and "ridiculing the drought-hit population".
"Who is that (Bhaisaheb) Deshmukh? What is the point of his protest? Will it yield water? When there is no water, where will I arrange water from? Should I urinate?" Ajit Pawar said, the Aam Admi Party claimed.
The AAP also cited him as saying: "The population is increasing due to load shedding as people have nothing to do when there is no electricity."
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's resignation for his 'urine' remark on the drought in the state. The BJP's women wing will hold a protest in Mumbai on Monday.
Later in a statement, Pawar said that some of his statements at a meeting in Indapur, in his home district Pune Sunday morning, had hurt the sentiments of the people of the state.
"My statements in Indapur were not related to the severe drought in the state, but since it has caused pain to the people, I humbly apologise for the same," Pawar said in a statement in which the word "apology" figures thrice.
Union minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday apologised for his nephew Ajit Pawar's remarks that ridiculed the hunger-strike by a drought-affected farmer in Maharashtra, as the state battles a severe drought.
Sharad Pawar, chief of the Nationalist Congress Party wrote on Twitter on Monday, "I duly apologise on the behalf of deputy CM of Maharashtra for the unwanted comment that he had made."