Khatesar, who is the chairman of Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, further said urinating in the open was “an age-old tradition”.
Rajasthan Minister Shambhu Singh Khetsar found himself in a fix after a picture showing him urinating in open went viral on social media. The place where Khetsar was seen relieving himself was inches away from a poster of state Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Reacting to the incident, Khetsar told news agency ANI that urination is a natural call and the place didn’t have urinals nearby. “As far as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is concerned, urination alone doesn’t contribute to uncleanliness… that place did not have urinals for kilometers at a stretch,” Khetsar was quoted as saying by ANI on Twitter.
He further defended himself saying he didn’t pay attention to the posters stuck on the wall nearby. “There was a wall and some posters stuck at some distance on it… I hadn’t paid attention,” he said. “It isn’t right to urinate in open but it’s a natural call. Urinating in a crowded area, is wrong,” the minister added.
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Khatesar, who is the chairman of Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, further said urinating in the open was “an age-old tradition”. Well, the minister’s act and remarks come at a time when 27 out of 33 districts in Rajasthan have been declared open-defecation free. The incident took place near a BJP rally venue in Ajmer on Sunday.