Reacting to political developments surrounding the resignation of Navelim MLA and veteran Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro and his imminent entry into the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday taunted the TMC by stating that "political tourism" would benefit the State.
He went on to add that the Congress has no future in the State and those thinking of joining the Congress would be committing political suicide.
Linking the World Tourism Day with political developments in the State, Sawant said hinterland tourism, religious tourism and wellness tourism were being promoted in the State.
“Now, a new style of tourism has come and it is called political tourism. Such political tourism will benefit tourism in the State,” said Sawant on a sarcastic note, while reacting to Faleiro’s decision to leave the Congress party and to join the TMC.
The chief minister was speaking on the occasion of the World Tourism Day event organised by the tourism department in association with Goa Tourism Development Corporation, India Tourism, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa at Taj Resorts and Convention Centre, Dona Paula.
Sawant went on to add that in the next six months, such political tourism will increase on a large scale in the State.
“This will further benefit the tourism industry,” said Sawant.
Later speaking to reporters, the chief minister said there was nothing new in the resignation of Luizinho and his plans to join the TMC.
“Only 4 Congress MLAs out of the 17 elected MLAs in 2017 are now with the party. The party does not have central leadership and so, the elected persons are not staying in Congress. This means that the Congress has no political future,” he added.
“When a leader like Luizinho, who has grown in the Congress and has brought up the party, leaves the party, the people should know that this party has no future. In fact, those who are thinking of joining Congress will be committing political suicide,” added Sawant.