Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Modi will develop India into a Hindu state: Goa Min

PTI  Panaji, July 24, 2014
First Published: 18:43 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 18:49 IST(24/7/2014)

Days after his minister brother triggered a controversy by demanding a ban on wearing bikinis on Goa's beaches, Cooperation Minister Dipak 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 Dipak --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 this month.

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Sudin had later withdrawn his comments that provoked outrage in the state whose beaces and pubs swarm with tourists, including lakhs of foreigners.


Advertisement
more from India

Not redress, voters adamant to bring new government

On Saturday, many voters who exercised their democratic franchise had only one thing in mind: change through a new government. Surprisingly, they also seemed to be ready to put aside their grievances for a while and go with the upbeat mood in the region about the new political dispensation.
Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved