A video of a tourist urinating from the window of a bus on a busy road in Goa was the tipping point for the coastal state’s Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, who on Friday called domestic tourists arriving in Goa “scum of the earth”.
“I haven’t generalised or have been xenophobic. I am speaking for the people of Goa,” he said on Saturday.
His comments on Friday triggered a war of sorts on social media, with some people on Twitter apologetically accepting that domestic tourists are unmindful of the concerns of locals at tourist hotspots, while some said the minister’s comments were derogatory.
Sardesai today said he was quoted out of context, adding he was referring to only a “certain section of them, not all.”