Modi will develop India into a Hindu state: Goa minister
PANAJI: Days after his minister brother triggered a
controversy by demanding a ban on wearing bikinis on Goa’s beaches, Cooperation
Minister Deepak Dhavalikar on Thursday appeared to have waded into another,
saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi will develop India into a Hindu nation.
“I am confident that under the leadership of Modiji,
India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard
is what I feel,” he said while speaking in state assembly on a motion
congratulating Modi on BJP’s electoral victory.
Both Dhavalikar brothers — Sudin and Deepak —
belonging to Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, an ally of BJP, are ministers in
the Manohar Parrikar government. “Wearing bikinis should be banned on Goa’s
beaches,” Sudin Dhavalikar, the state’s transport minister, had said earlier
Before that, he had slammed the “young girls going to
pubs in short dresses” as it was against Goan culture. “Young girls going to
pubs in short dresses does not fit in our culture. What will happen to our Goan
culture if we allow this?… Scantily-dressed girls visiting pubs project a wrong
culture and this should be stopped,” he had said.
Sudin had later withdrawn his comments that provoked
outrage in the state whose beaches and pubs swarm with tourists, including
lakhs of foreigners.