- A health minister in India is getting bashed by opposition party members for urinating in public
- His actions contravene the Clean India Campaign of PM Narendra Modi which seeks to eradicate the open-defecation behavior in India
- The minister claims the act is not a big deal; but opposition parties have called it ‘shameful’
Opposition parties on Thursday, February 14, slammed a senior minister after a picture of him urinating in the open in the western state of Rajasthan went viral, NAN reports.
In the photo, Rajasthan’s health minister, Kalicharan Saraf, could be seen relieving on the roadside in state capital Jaipur as his security guards keep a close watch on passersby and his official car parked nearby.
NAIJ.com gathers that the minister belongs to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which governs Rajasthan, but his act is contrary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Campaign which seeks to eradicate the open-defecation behavior in India.
Though the minister said that “it’s not a big issue,” the controversy has embarrassed the BJP as opposition parties have slammed him for the act, which is a violation as per law of the local civic body and attracts a penalty of 200 Indian rupees (four dollars).
“It’s a shameful act,” the state’s main opposition congress party leader Archana Sharma told the media.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the tourism minister of Goa, one of India’s top destinations for holidaymakers, called for Nigerians to be deported from the country.
Dilip Parulekar said that Nigerian nationals create problems in Goa and across India as a whole. The minister’s comment come after African nationals including Nigerians in New Delhi staged a protest against rising racist attacks.
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