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Been seeing bikinis since childhood, nothing indecent about them: Goa CM

Jul 03, 2014 01:38 PM IST India India

New Delhi: A day after Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that bikinis should not lead to public indecency, he has now clarified that bikinis are not indecent but should only be restricted to swimming. "There is no indecency about bikinis. I have been seeing bikinis in Goa since my childhood. But it should be limited to swimming," he said.

He also said that he never spoke against bikinis but only said that "if something happens beyond legal permissible limits agencies will intervene. Government has no role to play."

He added that PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar's comments on women drinking are his personal views. "The Government's policy is final. Individual viewpoint doesn't count. There is no reason for apprehension. The policy has not changed at all. I only spoke about liquor. If you drink on the streets and get into fights there will be unwanted scenes and then police will have to intervene," he said.

People across the state were outraged by Dhavalikar's comment that there should be a ban on women going to pubs in short dresses. The PWD minister had said that women going to pubs in short dresses is against Indian culture. He also wants bikinis banned from Goa's beaches.

Dhavlikar told CNN-IBN that not only does he stand by his comment- but also that the Goa government will now begin a crackdown on pubs, and ban the consumption of alcohol in the state

AIPWA secretary Kavita Krishnan said that BJP should correct its own culture first before directing people how to behave.

This even as the CM was himself criticised a few days ago for having insensitively compared the plight of rape victims with that of entrepreneurs. The CM had then accused the media of deliberately twisting his statement.
BJP has distanced itself from Dhavalikar's comments saying that the party does not endorse the minister's statements and it is a purely personal opinion.