New Delhi, Feb 10: Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai 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.
Goa, a beach and nightlife tourism destination, attracts more than six million tourists every year as against its population of nearly 1.6 million.
Launching a scathing comment about tourists from north India, he said “We are dependent on north Indians and this is what they do. They are not bothered about Goa. They will like to recreate a Haryana in Goa.”