A day after a Goa minister ignited controversy by his remark that India will develop as a Hindu nation under Narendra Modi, the state’s deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza on Friday stoked it further, saying India is already a Hindu nation and will always remain so.
Goa's deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza. (Photo credit: Goa assembly website)
“India is a Hindu nation. There is no doubt about it. It was a Hindu nation and always stay a Hindu nation,” D’Souza, a senior BJP leader said reacting to the controversy triggered by his cabinet colleague Dipak Dhavalikar.
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Dhavalikar, whose party Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party is an ally of state’s ruling BJP, had said he was confident India will develop as a Hindu nation under Prime Minister Modi. D’Souza said that Dhavalikar’s statement has been misunderstood.
“India is a Hindu country. All Indians in Hindustan are Hindus including me. I am a Christian Hindu,” he argued.
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