New Delhi, Feb 11: A day after Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai called domestic tourists ‘scum of the earth’, state’s Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar also courted controversy by threatening to chase away those who do not regard Goan culture. Speaking at the inauguration of the Goa Food and Cultural Festival in Panaji, Ajgaonkar said that those tourists who do not respect Goan culture and the spirit of “Goanness” will no longer be welcome in the state. Also Read - Want to Experience Sustainable Travel? Head to These 4 Destinations in India to Explore Just That
“The tourists who come here should take care of Goa’s culture and Goanness, otherwise I will chase them away. I will not listen to anyone. I am saying this clearly,” Ajgaonkar stated. Also Read - Poonam Pandey Accuses Husband Sam Bombay of Molesting, Assaulting, Threatening Her, Latter Arrested
“We have to preserve our Goan culture and Goanness. We do not want tourists who sell drugs, we do not want hotels which sell drugs,” he added. Also Read - Sikkim Travel News: Tourists Allowed From October 10, Hotel Bookings Begin From This Date - All You Need to Know
Earlier on Friday, while addressing a gathering at Goa Biz Fest, Sardesai had said the heavy influx of tourists is making it difficult for state government to keep it clean. We cannot make Goa another Gurugram. The north Indian states are responsible for the problems that Goa has today. The people coming from those states actually want to recreate Haryana in Goa,” said Sardesai.
“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 had stated.
Later on Saturday, he posted a video on Twitter and clarified his statement saying, “Quoted out of context by media whilst reporting my speech at yesterday GoaBizFest. Goemkars believe that a certain section of tourists who have no civic sense, create nuisance , are not welcome to the state. I haven’t generalised or have been xenophobic Only spoken for Goa.”