Media created negative image about politics: Goa CM Parrikar on his ministers’ junket to Brazil

The Brazil visit of six MLAs, sparked a controversy after the state sports department sanctioned Rs 89 lakh for the tour.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2014 5:34 pm
The decision prompted opposition Congress to term the trip a "wasteful expenditure" The decision prompted opposition Congress to term the trip a “wasteful expenditure”

Facing criticism for planning to send his MLAs and ministers to Brazil during the FIFA World Cup as part of a ‘study tour’, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar hit out at the media for ‘creating a negative image about politics.’

Speaking at the Express Technology Sabha, Parrikar said, “The one biggest failure of media is that it created a very negative image about politics.”

The Goa CM seemed to defend his decision to send six of his MLAs to Brazil on taxpayers’ money, “For me, football is a tourism festival. When we host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, I will recover ten times, may be 100 times, of the amount spent on this tour…because foreigners will come here.”

The Brazil visit of the six MLAs, including ministers Ramesh Tawadkar (Sports), Avertano Furtado (Fisheries) and Milind Naik (Power), sparked a controversy after the state sports department sanctioned Rs 89 lakh for the tour.

Meanwhile, the legislators said that they have decided to themselves foot the bill for the visit without taxing the state exchequer.

The decision had prompted the opposition Congress to term the trip a “wasteful expenditure” while seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to “stop the junket”.

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    arulanantham
    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:17 am
    Big Scam
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    Anil Gudhekar
    Jun 13, 2014 at 8:38 am
    I think that Media won't consider that Ministers r humanbeing & they also have any interst in others matters ...so have control Media they r thinkin of theirs TPR only not of Nation etc.
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    zen
    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    Thanks to the media, the country is made aware of corruption at various levels of government in our country ! Why does anyone need to study the event ? First spend the money on getting together a team to qualify for world cup. Isn't the honorable minister ashamed that India cannot produce a single decent team even though the country has more than a billion ? An appeal to the media , please print this looting in the local vernacular newspapers and ads. on TV so that even the non-english speaking potion is made aware.
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    Clifford
    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:36 am
    Media did not create negative image Mr. Parrikar but told the voters how you are spending their tax money.
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    ballu
    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm
    Then make sure you pay for their families too. 10 times in 3 years is an achievement after all.
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    Dr.G.G.Rajan
    Jun 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm
    This is yet another way of looting - cash / kind favors. There are many cases of Chief Executives / bureaucrats / politician's children, studying abroad without any merit , in return for the favor done by them to foreign agencies.
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    Hemant
    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:37 am
    Please ensure that the MLAs going on the football junket do not raise the money through bribes .
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    Abhishek
    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    Please stop blaming media. People have brains and can decide as well. You do not need to send Politicians abroad to learn about World Cup. India has amazing talent, just hire them and the organize the event for you.
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