Ajit Pawar pokes fun at drought-hit people, apologises
Mumbai: Hours after making certain remarks on people in drought-hit areas of Maharashtra, which several parties termed as "shameful and objectionable", Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar tendered an apology yesterday evening.
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.
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."
RBI Chief Raghuram Rajan stated that more economic data is needed to be confident that economic growth is picking up, although he added that the benefits to exports from the Rupee's fall is yet to kick in.
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