An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.
Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering the call of nature in a field by the side of a road Saturday.
The clip spread online the following day. November 19 marks the United Nations’ official World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks caused by a lack of lavatories.
Shinde — a member of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party — defended his actions with an excuse familiar to many, effectively saying: “When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go”.
“I have been travelling continuously for the last one month reviewing the Jalyukta Shivar scheme,” he told the Press Trust of…
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