"Will Chase Tourists Away If..." Another Goa Minister Stokes Controversy

"Today we have nearly six times population of Goa coming as tourists", Sardesai said. He said while Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was trying to push tourists to come to Goa, it was hard for the state to control "irresponsible tourists".

As all other states in India that have taken up Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in earnest, Goa has been trying to keep its spaces clean as the state sees a high number of tourists. "He said, we can have the best beaches, best architecture, best beauty, but if we don't have a golf course, it amounts to nothing", he was reported as saying. "I have not called everyone from the 6.5 million tourists as scum of the earth but had called certain section of them who were creating nuisance, who are actually the scum of the earth and we should not have such tourists in Goa", Sardesai had tried to clarify on Saturday.

"Goa should become so expensive for the tourists that they should say "I should not come to Goa".

Emphasising the need to preserve Goa's culture, Ajagaonkar - a legislator from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), an ally of the BJP in the state - said, "We don't want tourists who sell drugs, we do not want hotels which sell drugs". "Those tourists are not the top-end tourists, but scum of the earth". Sardesai himself has refused to apologise for his statements and stood by his remark that Goa needs to dissuade budget tourists who come to the state but do not contribute to the state's economy. Are they responsible? They are not.

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But a more complex explanation is the concern of the return of inflation, and more importantly, what it means for interest rates. Many investors justified that by pointing out that interest rates were low and few alternatives looked like better investments.

He also said that Goans were superior to the rest of the people in the country in terms of social indices.

Sardesai said the domestic tourists total up to almost six times the native population of Goa. "These people have no civic sense and they are the ones who are creating maximum garbage and maximum nuisance". He was quoted saying, "We are dependent on north Indians and this is what they do". They are not bothered about Goa. We can not make Goa another Gurugram.

In a video that he posted on Twitter, he said, "I haven't generalised or have been xenophobic".

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