After short dresses, Goa minister wants to 'ban bikini culture'; Cong sends pink mini-skirt for him

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Panaji, July 1: A day after the Goa Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Sudin Dhavalikar voiced his disapproval over the young girls wearing short skirts in clubs, on Tuesday, he again made obnoxious comments by saying that  'bikini culture' should be banned in the state.

Dhavalikar, who is from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) reportedly made the shocking comments after meeting the Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

On Monday, he had said, "The (practice of) young girls going to pubs in short dresses does not fit in our culture. What will happen to our Goan culture, if we allow this?...The scantily dressed girls visiting pubs project wrong culture and this should be stopped."

"Whatever Pramod Muthalik is saying is not wrong. He is not speaking against any religion. Everyone has a right to speak about his own religion. Muthalik is against pub culture and he is right in opposing it", he further said.

Dhavlikar also ruled out banning Muthalik from opening branch of his outfit in Goa as demanded by Congress, saying, "You cannot ban anybody going anywhere. I can go anywhere in India. There are a number of NGOs operating in Goa and Sri Ram Sene would be yet another NGO in the State. However, we will not tolerate any attempt to create any law and order problem in the state."

Earlier in the day, Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik had welcomed Dhavlikar's statement saying it showed that several important people shared his views.

Congress sends pink mini skirt to Dhavalikar's office address

Meanwhile, as Dhavalikar's comments snowballed into a controversy, the Congress party in Goa today sent a pink mini skirt to the minister to protest against his remarks supporting Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik and claiming that wearing skirts was not Goan culture.

Congress' Goa spokesman Durgadas Kamat said that a pink colour skater jersey skirt has been couriered to Dhavalikar's Porvorim office address to protest against his statements.

"We will not tolerate moral policing. The Indian constitution allows those above 18 years to decide what is good or bad," Kamat said, condemning Dhavalikar's statements.

Incidentally, Dhavalikar's wife Jyoti is volunteer for Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing organisation which was one of the hosts for the all-India Hindu convention in Goa last week, where Muthalik made the comments.

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