(Xinhua/NAN) Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Singh was on Thursday caught on camera urinating in public, prompting angry reactions from citizens on social media with some calling for his ouster.
In the photo that has gone viral, Singh was seen peeing on a wall of a compound, while his security guards stood close-by.
Several people took to the social media to criticize the minister’s action which is in sharp contrast to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clean India campaign.
Some have even asked Modi to sack the minister.
“Show him the door” one Twitter user wrote to the prime minister’s official handle, tagging the official accounts of the minister and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah.
However, the erring minister has defended himself, claiming that he was forced to urinate in the open as there was no public toilet nearby on the National Highway 28, where the photo was taken.
This is not the first time that a BJP leader has been caught littering or working against Prime Minister Modi’s flagship Clean India campaign.
Earlier this month, the country’s green court, National Green Tribunal, was moved after a BJP lawmaker, Priyanka Rawat, threw a plastic bottle in the river Saryu, a tributary of the Ganga.
The vlean Indian campaign (Swachh Bharat Mission) was officially launched on Oct. 2, 2014, aimed at universal sanitation and open defecation eradication by 2019.