Why single out Lamanis, why not Russians? Karnataka tourism minister on banning Lamanis from Goa comment

The Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that Lamanis should be removed from the beaches of Goa if they continue to harass tourists.

Water wars is not the only thing that puts the two states, Goa and Karnataka at loggerheads, now it looks like that the two states are in for a major face-off with regard to the eviction of Lamanis (members of a nomadic tribe).

The Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar had made a comment that the Lamanis should be removed from the beaches of Goa, if they continue to harass tourists.

The Lamani tribe largely belongs to North Karnataka.

But this statement has not gone down well with the Karnataka counterpart Priyank Kharge. He lashed out at Ajgaonkar saying -Why single out Lamanis? Why not the Russians?

Kharge will be writing to the Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on the irresponsible comment made by his cabinet minister.

Speaking to reporters Kharge said "Crime is not limited to one community or country. It is very unfortunate that a minister has issued an irresponsible statement targeting one particular community. It is very strange that the BJP is happy with foreigners but doesn't want Indians".

The basic fabric of national unity would be threatened if such irresponsible remarks are made, Kharge opined. The Goa Banjara Samaj has also strongly condemned the statement made by Ajgaonkar to drive away Lamanis.

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