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  • Two days ago the deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Ajit Pawar reminded us of the French queen Marie Antoinette, but alas a much cruder version. He addressed the masses in Indapur near Pune regarding the water shortage in the state

    . Farmers are losing crops and animals due to the drought which they say is the worst since 1972.

    Bhaiya Deshmukh, a farmer from drought-hit Solapur has spent the last two months sitting in Azad Maidan in Mumbai in protest. But no one seems to care.

    The deputy chief minister spoke to his followers in Marathi 'There is no water. Then what do we release? Should I pee in the dam?'

    His oafish followers laughed heartily. Encouraged by this Pawar continues 'And when we're not getting water to drink it won't be easy to urinate.' the lackeys laughed again.

    The deputy CM turned the crudeness up a notch again by remarking that 'there is also a shortage of electricity but the population is increasing. When you are idle there is nothing else to do,' implying that copulation increases the population.

    The followers laughed but the farmers and the general public were incensed.

    A couple of days later Pawar apologised for his remarks. He said that it was the worst mistake in his life and was sorry if public sentiments were hurt by what he said."The need of the hour' he said,' is to work unitedly to overcome the acute drought crisis. We must not allow elements who are keen to exploit the crisis to take advantage of the situation. I would like to apologise for the comments to ensure that these do not hamper drought relief work in any way."

    Now I wonder how he's going to start filling the dam and providing water to the poor farmers. How much do you need to pee to fill a dam? Does anyone know?

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