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Goa politics fizzes over Parrikar's beer remark

IANS  |  Panaji 

A in on Monday accused of having an "obsolete mindset" following his sexist remark over girls drinking beer, drawing an angry reaction from the ruling BJP which said he had "lost his mental balance".

The BJP, in a statement, condemned Congress's unit Girish Chodankar's remark calling it "irresponsible and dirty", after the earlier on Monday, called Parrikar's statement "utterly foolish".

"appears to have lost his mental balance and BJP advises him to get medical attention as early as possible... BJP condemns the irresponsible and dirty attitude of Girish Chodankar," the statement said.

At an interaction with students last week, Parrikar had said: "I have begun to fear now, because even the girls have started drinking beer. So barrier of that tolerance limit is being crossed... No all of them. I am not referring to this crowd."

The comment had triggered severe criticism from across the country, with women on slamming the with a hashtag campaign #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer.

Parrikar was also grilled by the Opposition in Goa for making a sexist statement, with Chodankar alleging that effect of alcohol was gender-neutral and did not impact girls alone.

"I do not wish to comment on the utter foolish statement on girls drinking beer, as the IITian (Parrikar is an IIT-alumnus) should know that any effects of alcohol are gender neutral and no laws can ban only girls drinking beer. Such statements only flow from obsolete traditional mind-set," Chodankar said.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:28 IST