Jaipur, Feb 15: A day after a picture of Rajasthan Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf urinating in public went viral on social media, he shrugged it off saying “it was not a big issue”. The picture, which has been widely shared on social media, caused embarrassment to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party which has been trying to bring the city up in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan rankings.

According to rules, those urinating on roads are asked to cough up fine of Rs. 200. When the media reached his office, he refused to comment saying he doesn’t want to talk about this topic as it is not a big issue.

Reacting to his response, Congress’ Rajasthan unit Vice President Archana Sharma said that at a time when so much money is being spent on Swachh Bharat, leaders have been sending out a wrong message by doing such “shameful” deeds.

She claimed that this is not the first time Saraf has done something like this. During the Dholpur by-polls, he had urinated in public while they were going together. This should not have happened by the minister in his own constituency, she told IANS.

Ajmer MP Dr Raghu Sharma said that Saraf should apologize for urinating in public. “Govt talks about Swachch Bharat Mission but health minister here in Rajasthan is caught urinating in public. Govt should be ashamed and must publicly apologize,” he told ANI.