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Media twisted my remarks on girls consuming liquor: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

"I had said it was my worry, not even fear. Worry is different from fear," Manohar Parrikar said, adding that he had only referred to the "school and college students".

By: PTI | Panaji | Updated: February 15, 2018 2:25 am
Media twisted my remarks on girls consuming liquor: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Goa CM Manohar Parrikar (file photo)

Facing criticism on the social media for his remarks on girls consuming liquor, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today claimed that the media twisted his statement, while he had only referred to the “school and college students”. He also said that politicians needed to be careful while making statements, referring to his cabinet colleague, Vijai Sardesai, who had dubbed a section of domestic tourists visiting the coastal state as the “scum of the earth”.

However, Parrikar also said Sardesai was not wrong in highlighting the issue but that he interpreted it in an incorrect way. Parrikar had last week expressed concern over girls consuming liquor these days. “I have begun to fear now, because even girls have started drinking beer. The tolerance limit is being crossed. “I am not talking about everyone. I am not talking about those sitting here,” he was quoted by the media as saying, while addressing the State Youth Parliament organised by the state Legislature department.

The chief minister today said, “If someone wants to purposely twist the statement, we cannot help it. It was twisted in such a way that finally the interviewer (the person who had taken the public interview of Parrikar at the event) had to intervene and tweet that I was referring to school and college students,” he told reporters here, adding that he had “not asked anyone not to drink”.

Read | Have begun to fear as girls have now started drinking beer, says Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar also said his remarks were not an expression of fear, but a worry. “I had said it was my worry, not even fear. Worry is different from fear,” he said, adding that “worry is fundamental to every person”.

To a question on Sardesai’s comments on domestic tourists, the chief minister said, “Sometimes, a politician has to be careful while making a statement. But sometimes, if a report is filed by a journalist who was not present at the event, there is a possibility of dilution or modification of the statement.”

Read | Domestic tourists are scum of the earth, says Goa minister Vijai Sardesai

He said Sardesai was referring to an incident of a tourist urinating from a bus window, the video of which had gone viral on the social media. “He (Sardesai) should not have used very harsh words. I have spoken to him about it. He was not wrong in what he was highlighting. But he interpreted it in a wrong way or rather, he was not able to express it correctly,” Parrikar said, adding that the minister, however, corrected his statement later.

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    Dushyant Pathak
    Feb 17, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    'Holy 'Cow''!
    1. Jy MCH
      Feb 14, 2018 at 8:35 pm
      Our good CM has the peculiar habit of making U-TURNS on every statement he makes. Its is an old die-hard habit. As the saying in Kokani goes "you never straighten a dogs tail". There is still time
      1. Patnam Umamaheshwaran
        Feb 14, 2018 at 7:18 pm
        If media in India can Twist him , how much he would have been TWISTED , SQUEEZED , PULLED , STRETCHED ,STRIPPED .........and what not by others when he was Defence Minister ..
        1. Jigsaw Kemerton
          Feb 14, 2018 at 7:05 pm
          Looking at his statement from the Hindutva Jihadi's own view, if he was against school girls' consumption of alcohol, then he must okay with college girls drinking alcohol. How does that sit with Hindutva Jihadis who also double up as moral police?
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            sanjay bhattacharya
            Feb 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm
            It seems Indian Express has become the place of anti-nationals like Jigsaw who sees Hindutva in every incident. May be Islamic jihad will satisfy him.
            1. Jigsaw Kemerton
              Feb 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm
              How the f_u_c_k_i_n_g h_e_l_l would you justify what Bajrang terror police did in Ahmedabad which was parallel to Taliban? Extremist terrorism starts on a small scale like moral policing.
              1. Jigsaw Kemerton
                Feb 14, 2018 at 8:19 pm
                I'm Tamil first. South comes next. India comes after that because most of the rest are barbaric, uncivilised, uncultured, Northies. So long as Hindutva terrorism and Hindutva Jihadism do not corrupt our south, I'm happy.
            2. Jigsaw Kemerton
              Feb 14, 2018 at 7:01 pm
              No one twisted the words. If anything, it is Hindutva Jihadis' brains that are twisted.
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