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Goa minister tones down regionalistic rhetoric

IANS  |  Panaji 

Toning down his rhetoric against north Indians and in particular, Goa's on Monday said that "also has some good people", naming Gurugram-based as one of them.

"also has good people and we have reached out to them. I am saying this because media needs something or the other. We are reaching out to good people and the government is willing to work with the Shiv Yog Foundation," said at an official function here.

"These days one hears about Haryana. I had gone to to meet He speaks of cosmic farming. He says that particular type of farming (attracts) celestial sounds and it should be promoted. He has a doctorate from the There is some basis to it," said, adding that will be promoted as a brand for agriculture and organic farming.

Sardesai had stoked a controversy last week by denigrating the credentials of tourists visiting and accusing north Indians of trying to convert into another Harayana.

"Your is pushing to increase tourists coming into Goa. Today, we have got almost six times population of Goa coming as tourists. Those tourists are not the top-end tourists, they are also the scum of the earth," Sardesai had said.

"And now, we are dependent upon the north Indians and this is what they do. They are not bothered about Goa. They would like to recreate a Haryana in Goa," Sardesai had also said, while referring to the 6.5 million domestic tourists visiting Goa every year, as "scum of the earth".

He had later said that he had only referred to a section of the inbound tourists as scum.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:36 IST