There is no drug mafia in Goa, but drugs are smuggled into the state for "trade, consumption and transit", Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said during the ongoing Budget Session of the state legislative assembly on Wednesday.
The Congress will seek a proper explanation from Goa's BJP-led coalition government about the exact nature and severity of the ailment of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said on Tuesday.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for a pancreas-related ailment, can be shifted to the US for further treatment "if need be", Deputy Speaker and BJP legislator Michael Lobo said on Monday.
In a bid to diffuse the controversy stirred by Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai calling domestic tourists as "scum of earth", state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that everyone was welcome to the state, provided they do not urinate on roads and add to the state's garbage woes.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has sought a detailed report about the possible economic impact on Goa of the Supreme Court order setting aside the second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that there was no other option other than auctioning mining leases to resume iron ore extraction in the state, which is set to stop from March due to a Supreme Court order.
A day after Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai called the 6.5 million domestic tourists arriving in Goa as "scum of the earth", on Saturday a video surfaced that shows Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar threatening to chase away tourists who do not regard Goan culture.
What Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar meant when he told a gathering on Friday evening that he was afraid "because even girls have started drinking beer" may still be up for debate but the backlash on social media has been decisive and unsparing.
In comments likely to raise the hackles of many, Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai on Friday said a majority of the domestic tourists visiting Goa are the "scum of the earth" and north Indian tourists want to create a Haryana in Goa.