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Will Chase Tourists Away if They Don't Regard Goan Culture, Threatens Minister

Will Chase Tourists Away if They Don't Regard Goan Culture, Threatens Minister

"I am saying this clearly", Ajgaonkar stated.

He specifically warned the locals against North Indians, who are trying to "recreate Haryana in Goa".

"The tourists who come here should take care of Goa's culture and Goanness, otherwise I will chase them away".

Sardesai, speaking at the Goa BizFest in Bambolim on Friday said, "Today, we have nearly six times the population coming into Goa".

In a fresh video released to the media on Saturday, he said that the people of Goa are disgusted with a few tourists, who come and use Goa as a dumping ground and create nuisance.

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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday called Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to express his strong reservations against the statements made by Goa Town and Country Planning Minister, Vijai Sardesai about north Indians. "Those tourists are not top-end tourists, they are also the scum of the earth", he added. He was quoted saying, "We are dependent on north Indians and this is what they do". They are the ones creating the maximum garbage and maximum nuisance in Goa.

In a video that he posted on Twitter, he said, "I haven't generalised or have been xenophobic". Seeking more private investment, Sardesai said Goa could further establish itself as one of the prime destinations in the world if the infrastructure is upgraded for the world elite. "I am speaking for Goa. These people have no civic sense". The state government's tourism policy is aimed at attracting 1.2 crore tourists into the state annually.

"Those who come from Delhi, Haryana and Gurgaon, they have a tendency, they want to gobble everything. He alleged that BJP-Goa Forward Party Government was 'anti poor" and could not digest the prosperity of the middle and lower middle class, hence, Mr Parrikar started meticulously winding up mining from the state since 2012 as he realized that the people from lower strata of economic hierarchy were getting little richer.

According to the state's tourism department, Goa saw approximately 63 lakh tourists in 2016, of which 56 lakh were domestic tourists, a 19.50 per cent rise from 2015.


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