JAIPUR — In a major embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Rajasthan, a picture of state Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf urinating on the walls of the Pink City has gone viral. He however shrugged it off, saying it was "not a big issue."
The picture comes as the Jaipur Municipal Corporation is working hard to bring the city to the top of the charts under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
According to rules, those urinating on roads are asked to pay a fine of Rs. 200.
IANS tried to contact the health minister but his phone was switched off. As the media reached his office to seek his response, he declined to comment, saying he doesn't want to talk about it as it is not a big issue.
In her response, Congress' Rajasthan unit vice president Archana Sharma told IANS that at a time when so much money is being spent on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, such leaders are giving the wrong message by committing such "shameful" acts.
Public urination is unacceptable for a minister, especially in his own constituency, she added.
Sharma also said that during the Dholpur by-polls when they were traveling together, Saraf also urinated publicly, however, she failed to click a photo of the incident because of "poll stress at that time."
The incident comes days after Kota BJP leader Ashok Choudhary wrote to BJP president Amit Shah, voicing dissatisfaction with the Vasundhara Raje government. This was followed by an audio clip going viral in which BJP MLA Gyandev Ahuja is heard asking for a leadership change.
The BJP had to face major embarrassment after it lost all three bypolls – two Lok Sabha and one Assembly – held late last month. Since then, the ruling party has been garnering media attention for all the wrong reasons.