Ajgaonkar wants cops to act tough against tourists creating nuisance


Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has said that he will chase away tourists who do not respect Goan culture. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Sunday said tourists who can not take care of Goa and its culture will be thrown out of the state.

"Certain sections of tourists are creating nuisance and are actually the scum of the earth and we should not have such tourists in Goa", Sardesai had said. "I am saying this clearly", Ajgaonkar told news agency IANS.

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Mr Ajagaonkar, a legislator from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), an ally of the BJP in the state, also emphasised the need to preserve the culture, and in a strict tone said, "We don't want tourists who sell drugs, we do not want hotels which sell drugs". He said he won't apologise for his remark as he had seen a video of tourist urinating from the bus on busy roads of Goa.

Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai had on Friday during an event called domestic tourists arriving in Goa from north India were "scum of the earth". He was quoted saying, "We are dependent on north Indians and this is what they do. Those people - how will you control?" the Minister added. And they are the ones who are creating the maximum garbage and maximum nuisance in Goa, " he said. "There are several instances, one of which is a video which has gone viral of a tourist urinating from the bus on one of Goa's most popular and well done roads from Miramar to Dona Paula", he said. "I feel that they should take action against those violating the law, as per the law", Ajgaonkar said while speaking to this daily. If you compare Goans to rest of India, we are high in per capita income, social and political consciousness, we are much superior than people who are coming in. "These people have no civic sense".

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Sardesai's vision of tourism reeks of sheer elitism as he goes on to explain his idea of model tourism, where the rich visit Goa to benefit the state's poor.

According to a report in the Indian Express, Sardesai, who was speaking at the Goa BizFest in Bambolim, contradicted Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's target of one crore tourists and asked the government to attract foreign and upper-class Indian tourists.

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