New Delhi, Feb 10: Reacting to alleged remarks by Goa Minister Vijai Sardesai, who described majority domestic tourists as “scum”, the Congress on Saturday said north Indians wanted “Haryana in Goa”.
Senior Congress leader from Haryana, Randeep Singh Surjewala, stated that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should either sought Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Sardesai’s resignation or accept that he was “unable to protect the rights of his people” in the northern state.
“The (BJP) Minister of Goa government has lost his mind. In broad daylight, he is insulting the people who belong to Haryana and north India.
Congress spokesperson Surjewala taking to Twitter said in Hindi, ” “Khattar Sir, either you take resignation of the BJP Minister or accept that you are unable to protect the rights of the people”.
गोवा की भाजपा सरकार के मंत्री ने खोया ‘मानसिक सन्तुलन’। दिन दहाड़े कर रहे हरियाणा व सभी उत्तर भारतीयों का घोर अपमान।
खट्टर साहेब, या तो गोवा के अपने भाजपा के मंत्री से इस्तीफ़ा लें, वरना मान लें की आप हरियाणा के हितों की रक्षा करने में असमर्थ हैं।https://t.co/xw6VtrKLhi
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) February 10, 2018
Along with the tweet, he also shared a news report on the BJP leader’s remarks claiming a majority of the domestic tourists visiting Goa are the “scum of the earth”.
Surjewala’s remarks came after Sardesai invited flak for his remarks while speaking at the Goa Biz Fest organised at a resort near Panaji.
Sardesai had said a majority of domestic tourists visiting the coastal state are the “scum of the earth”.
Not only this, the minister also claimed that north Indian tourists were trying to “create a Haryana in Goa”.
Sardesai was speaking at the Goa BizFest in Bambolim organised at a resort near Panaji. He is president of the Goa Forward Party which is an ally of ruling BJP party.
He came up with this remark at the time when Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar trying to push tourists coming to Goa.
“Your Chief Minister is pushing to increase tourists coming into Goa. Today, we receive tourists who are almost six times the state’s population. Those tourists are not the top-end tourists. They are also the scum of the earth,” Sardesai stated, news agency IANS quoted.
“Are they responsible? Are they conscious? They are not. If You compare Goans to the rest of India, we are very high in per capita income, social and political consciousness, health parameters, and many other parameters. So, we are much superior than people who are coming in. Those people — how will you control?” the Minister added.