New Delhi:  Causing embarrassment to the Rajasthan’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which is trying to bring the city up in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ rankings, a state minister was caught urinating publicly near a wall, next to a BJP campaign poster. After his pictures went viral on social media, minister Shambhu Singh Khatesar, defended himself by saying urinating in the open was ‘an age-old tradition’. Also Read - Budget 2021: Will Govt Bring Cheer to Pandemic-hit Middle Class? A Look at Expectations This Year

Khatesar also denied urinating near the poster, which had picture of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. “The photo of me urinating against a wall is not near a campaign poster,” the Rajasthan Minister said, while speaking to news agency ANI. His defence also conflicted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Clean India Mission, which aims to make states ‘Open Defecation Free’. Also Read - India vs Australia: PM Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Congratulate Team India After Historic Win; Fans on Twitter Go Berserk

Asserting that defecating and urinating in the open were two different things, the minister said,”While defecating in public caused diseases, urinating in the open was not an issue, as long as it is done in a secluded area. The area where I urinated was a completely secluded area. If a man urinates in such a place, dirt and disease cannot spread.” Also Read - PM Modi Performs Bhoomi Pujan of Ahmedabad, Surat Metro Rail Projects | All You Need to Know

He added,”There was no urinal nearby for kilometres at a stretch and I was busy working since morning.”

Earlier, Rajasthan ‘s Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf  was caught urinating on a wall in Jaipur. Saraf  had also defended himself saying “not a big deal”.