Tahlka News Bureau
Patna: Bharatiya Janta party (BJP) Union agricultural minister Radha Mohan Singh have set the image of the ruling party in shame after a picture went viral on social media on Thursday.
The minister, however, defended the move claiming there was no urinal for long distances on National Highway 28 near Pipara when he wanted to revel himself. The minister keeping aside the idea of Swach Bharat made the move.
Stating that his intention was not wrong, he said the photograph was of a shaba (roadside eatery) on the NH.
The phtograph showed the minister urinating on a wall, believed to be in his home constituency Purvi Champra (East Champaran), as two security personnel stood guard.
Netizens trollewd the minister for his act, saying it showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swach Bharat programme n poor light.
The photograph was also shared on RJD's Twitter handle, with a sarcastic comment, "Amid tight security, the Union minister of agriculture gives Swach Bharat Abhiyan a boost, as he inaugurates an irrigation project in a drought-effected state."
State BJP spokesperson, Rajib Ranjan, however, found nothing wrong in the minister's act.
"One cannot suppress nature's call for long. What do you do if you are travelling long distances and there are no public urinals on the way?" he said, adding "There is absolutely nothing wrong in what the minister did."
He said the photograph was "six months to one year old" as the minister's SUV had a red bacon, which the government had banned from May 1.
After which, Rajan came down heavily on the ruling Bihar for deriving vicarious pleasure in sharing the minister's photograph. "They are part of the corrupt combination in state," he said.
Interestingly, it was learned that the photograph was taken by an insider who was part of the minister's cavalcade and subsequently leaked.