CM Manohar Parrikar 'Welcomes All' To Goa, With One Condition

| February 15 , 2018 , 12:37 IST

Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, especially for the younger crowd, drawing people with its 'Party vibes', but recent statements by Goa ministers against domestic tourists landed the tourist state in controversy.

State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday attempted to diffuse the controversy by saying that everyone was welcome to the state, on the condition that they do not urinate on roads or add to the state's garbage woes.  

"Everyone is welcome, subject to the condition that he should not urinate on the roads or strew garbage," CM Parrikar said to media.

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Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, speaking at the Goa BizFest in Bambolim on February 9 called domestic tourists 'scum of the earth' and especially called out tourists from north India whom he accused of trying to create a 'Haryana' in Goa. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier called the Goa CM in protest of Sardesai's words.

In reference to Sardesai's comment, CM Parrikar said, "He (Sardesai) asked me a question whether it will impact (the tourist flow). I do not think it will impact... I will prefer to have a good and responsible tourist from any place in the world."

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The Goa Chief Minister also expressed confidence that Sardesai's comment would not impact tourism in the coastal state, adding that although the choice of words used by Sardesai was harsh, he did not intend to incite violence and that basic social etiquettes applied to locals as well.  

"He should not have used harsh words. I spoke to him... he did not intend to, but it is not that his logic was wrong. But it was interpreted in a wrong way... He corrected it the next day," Parrikar added on Wednesday.

In the past, Goa has faced difficulties in the management of garbage.