Small section of tourists 'scum of the earth', says Goa min

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2018

Goa's Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai who courted controversy by terming domestic tourists as "scum of the earth", on Saturday said it was a recent video of a tourist urinating from a bus on to a popular road here that triggered the sentiment. "Those tourists are not top-end tourists, they are also the scum of the earth", he added.

"Today we have nearly six times population of Goa coming as tourists", Sardesai said.

Sardesai, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's ally Goa Forward Party, was speaking at the Goa Biz Fest near Panaji.

"Your Chief Minister is pushing to increase tourists coming into Goa".

Sardesai also questioned the state government's proposal to attract 1.25 crore tourists to Goa.

Stating that they are very high in per capita income, social and political consciousness, health parameters, and many other parameters, the minister said, "We are much superior than people who are coming in".

Congress leader from Haryana, Randeep Singh Surjewala, said that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should either demand 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.

Pointing at the problem of trash on the beach and in cities, Sardesai highlighted the lack of proper mechanism to control or educate the short-term tourists for keeping Goa clean.

He cautioned the locals against the North Indians who, according to him, are trying to "recreate Haryana in Goa". The Census 2011 has put Goa's population at 14.59 lakh, which, even after considering a marginal rise in population, is still four times less than the number of people coming to the picturesque coastal state in 2016. They are insulting the people of Haryana and North India in broad daylight. They are the ones creating the maximum garbage and maximum nuisance in Goa.

Mr Sardesai today said he was quoted out of context, adding he was referring to only a "certain section of them, not all".

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