The tourism of sex, drugs and prostitution in Goa is backed by political patronage and is defaming Goa, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday.
He was speaking at an interaction with small hoteliers and tourism industry stakeholders in the coastal state.
“Tourism in Goa is being defamed because of allegations of sex, drugs and prostitution. It is not being stopped because political parties are backing these things,” Kejriwal said.
It was the second meeting of ‘Goa Dialogues’, a preparatory process for drafting the Aam Aadmi Party’s election manifesto for assembly polls scheduled in early 2017.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kejriwal launched a scathing attack on Goa’s Bharaitya Janata Party-led coalition government, which he claimed, was desperately trying to render fisherfolk homeless and snatching their daily bread.
“I would only ask you one thing, can Goans survive without fish? So if Goans cannot survive without fish, then Goa cannot survive without fishermen… So any government which works against the interests of fishermen, that government is working against Goa,” Kejriwal said.
The sizeable fisherfolk community across the state, traditionally a vote bank of the Congress, has been up in arms about developmental projects along Goa’s coastline, especially near Vasco and the Chapora river in North Goa.
After a meeting with fisherfolk in the port town to kick off the party’s Goa Dialogues, Kejriwal told the media that the AAP’s rise to power could rid Goa of its ills like corruption and the drug menace.
“Our party will win 35 (of the 40) seats. You will see. People need new hope. The AAP is not a party, it is an ‘andolan’ (movement),” he said.
“In Delhi, we have a government and we have proved what we can do,” Kejriwal added.