Written byGarima Bora
Recently, Goa Town and Country Planning Minister, Vijai Sardesai, drew flak over a viral picture showing bouncers, and not local police, guarding him.
In response, Sardesai said that the men weren't bouncers but party members who are "healthy Goans" and "happen to be" wearing black t-shirts and blue jeans.
He added that if he rolls up his sleeve, he'll look like a bouncer too.
Pictures of few muscular men in black t-shirts and blue jeans, similar to the bouncers of a restaurant/pub, standing outside the office of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA), were circulated on the Internet on Thursday.
This sparked widespread criticism from social media users, who slammed the minister for using intimidating bouncers instead of local police officials for his protection.
Yesterday, Sardesai told media that his party primarily consists of young people, who are conscious about their health.
"You cannot construe that all able-bodied persons are bouncers...Now if you see a good, healthy Goan and you think he is a bouncer, it's your problem. We are a young political party and in this young party, there are many youngsters who work out," he said.
"What is a bouncer? Don't I look like a bouncer? Should I roll up (my sleeves) and show you, how it looks," Sardesai further quipped.
The Goan Cabinet minister also said that using 'bouncer' word was like an insult and the men had no intention of intimidating anyone.
"It is an insult. A healthy person can also be a minister, no?" he asked.
Sardesai felt that people in Goa have adopted the culture of "perpetual antagonism", where they'd oppose just for the sake of opposing. "The problem is this. If you've jaundice, you'll see the world with a yellow tint...so, it's how you look at it," he said.
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