NEW DELHI: The ruling Indian government Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was mocked by the opposition on Thursday when a photo of state Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf urinating on the walls went viral.
Taking potshots at the government, Congress leader Raghu Sharma said that the minister should apologise for his act.
“The government talks about Swachh Bharat Mission but its health minister here in Rajasthan is caught urinating in public. The government should be ashamed and must publicly apologise,” Sharma said.
Congress’ Rajasthan unit Vice President Archana Sharma also said that such leaders are giving a wrong message by doing such “shameful” deeds adding that it should not have happened by the minister in his own constituency.
She also claimed that this is not the first time that Saraf has done something like this. She said that during Dholpur by-polls when they were going there together, Saraf urinating publicly while they were on the way.
However, dismissing the matter as “not a big issue”, Saraf has denied speaking on the case.
According to rules, those urinating on roads are asked to cough up fine of Rs. 200. When the media reached his office, he refused to comment saying he doesn’t want to talk about this topic as it is not a big issue.
In july last year, Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh was caught on camera urinating in the public, sparking social media storm.
In a photo that has since gone viral, Singh, a strong supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign, was seen peeing on a wall while his security guards stood close-by.
“Amid tight security, the Union Minister of Agriculture gives the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a boost as he inaugurates an irrigation project in a drought-affected state,” the text accompanying the images said.