Sudin supports brother Dipak on Hindu Nation comment

PTI, PANAJI | 26 July 2014 21:58 IST

Controversial Goa minister Sudin Dhawalikar on Saturday came out in support of his brother and Cooperation minister Dipak Dhawalikar, who had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will develop India into a Hindu nation.

"What he said was his personal opinion but I also agree with what he says. By mentioning Hindu he was not referring to any religion but people living in India. Don't you want India to be developed country ? Don't you want people in this country to be virtuous ?" Sudin, who is also brother of Dipak, said.

While speaking in Goa assembly on a motion congratulating Modi on BJP's electoral victory, Dipak on Thursday had said,"I am confident that under the leadership of Modi, India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard is what I feel."

Both Dhavalikar brothers -- Sudin and Dipak -- belonging to Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, an ally of BJP, are ministers in the Manohar Parrikar government.

Earlier this month, Sudin who is state's transport minister, had kicked up a row when he said that wearing bikinis should be banned on Goa's beaches.

He had, however, withdrawn his comments after it provoked outrage. 

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All Goans know that Dhawalikar brothers join any party which is able to form government in Goa. They do not have any ideology at all.

It is clear they are interested only in becoming ministers.

They do not seem to understand what they say. For them, silence would be the best instead of making meaningless statements.

- Francisco Lourenco, Goa | 28 th July 2014 12:33


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