Defending the comments of his cabinet colleague Deepak Dhavalikar who said that Modi could make the country a 'Hindu nation', Francis D'Souza told reporters: "It was always a Hindu nation and will always be a Hindu nation. You don't have to create a Hindu nation."
D'Souza, one of the most senior minority members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa, said that he considered himself a "Christian Hindu".
"India is a Hindu country. It is Hindustan. All Indians in Hindustan are Hindus, including I - I am a Christian Hindu," D'Souza said.
Dhavalikar triggered a national controversy on Thursday while speaking during a motion congratulating Narendra Modi on becoming Prime Minister.
"If we all support it and we stand by Narendra Modi systematically, then I feel a Hindu Rashtra will be established," Dhavalikar had said.
D'Souza insisted that Dhavalikar had no "clarity in his mind" because India was already a Hindu nation.