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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                    jai
                    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm
                    yes i agree with you. ministers do have interests in other matters: that includes how to fatten their bank accounts at your costs and pretend that they are doing you a favour!! you must believe that these self propelled politicians with corporate money, will help the poor man. next the cm will sponsor every goenkar to have a junket at the casinos, so that goenkars grow rich!!!!! i am dumfounded to realise how dumb some can goenkars be?
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                      jai
                      Jun 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm
                      yes i fully agree with you! ministers have interests in other matters: how to get fat overseas bank accounts and acquire properties at your costs and pretend that they are doing you a favour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!have you ever watched the 'carry on' serials? if not, please do. will someone start a new serial-- 'carry on in goa'?
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                        Jithendra Jithendra
                        Jun 13, 2014 at 8:19 am
                        None of the media reported about 20-30 Congress MPs visit to Miami beach and sightseeing there, as a part of their learning experience in USA.
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                          Kishore Salian
                          Jun 13, 2014 at 9:30 am
                          "Acche Din" started for BJP MLA's of Goa
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                            Shakshi
                            Jun 13, 2014 at 9:12 am
                            Media created a very negative image ?? What does this have to do with image? Whoever made this man a CM should think twice!! How can he say that this is a study tour?? These politicians are taking the country for a ride and calling it a study tour. BJP should look into this seriously. This CM should be ashamed of himself!!
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                              Kuppuswamy Ramani
                              Jun 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm
                              Why blame media for all this. This CM is known for efficiency and if he also decides to use tax payers money for pleasure jaunts then there is nothing left to be said. It is high time these politicians stop using tax payers money for personal trips or entertainment. Mr Parrikar how does this trip of your MLA s help the country?. Answer that..
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                                Suresh MB
                                Jun 13, 2014 at 9:22 am
                                Parikar is a honest man so what he does is a honest action taking especially when Goa is about to host the football junior world cup.Media has criticized and done personal ination of Narendra Damordas Modi,but the people elected him with thumping majority.
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                                  Pethuru Raj
                                  Jun 13, 2014 at 11:32 am
                                  That is why People showed their back to Congress and still BJP had not yet learned the lesson.
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                                    Shobhit
                                    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:15 am
                                    It means if one was the worst, his successor can be bad....Ppl should not raise questions about him.
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                                      Raj
                                      Jun 13, 2014 at 11:42 am
                                      Corporates will fund it. Some of these MLAs cannot afford Rs.15 lakhs for such a junket.
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                                        Raj
                                        Jun 13, 2014 at 11:45 am
                                        Projecting honesty and being honest are two different things. Saying something to mislead public while real intent is different is also dishonesty.
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                                          Citizen
                                          Jun 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm
                                          In view of the future tournament hosting CM is right but he should have included some guys from sports and planning and construction limiting the team to six only. Now the delegation is going to foot their bill due to vigilant media it is good start for future ers of this type to be more careful Jaihind.
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