Goa CM courts controversy over remarks on women’s complexion

RSTV Bureau

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is in the eye of a storm over his alleged advise to agitating nurses that they should not stage hunger strike in the sun because it will make them ‘dark’ and ‘ruin their marital prospects’.

One of the nurses attached to 108 ambulance service had on Tuesday alleged that Parsekar advised them that they should not stage hunger strike in the sun.

“When we met the Chief Minister over our demands at Ponda, he said the girls should not sit on hunger strike in hot sun as their complexion will become dark and they will not find a good bridegroom,” Nurse Anusha Sawant had claimed.

However, Parsekar on Wednesday denied making any such remarks. He said he knew the protesting nurse and hence remarked that she appeared different after sitting in the sun.

“I never spoke about the marriage proposals or any such thing. It was just a passing remark because I had seen that girl earlier and found a difference when I saw her again,” the Chief Minister told.

“I have not made any such comments. What I said is being quoted wrongly,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that few of the protesters had recorded the conversation on their mobile phones. “If anyone feels that I have made any such comments, they can check the recordings,” Parsekar said.

In Goa, the nurses and others workers attached to 108 ambulance services, a government-approved facility run by a private firm, are on hunger strike for the last few days. They have alleged that the firm makes available only 13 ambulances, though it is being paid for 33.

On the other hand another BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh has again kicked up a major row with racist remarks, wondering if Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi’s leadership if she was not white-skinned, a statement condemned by the party which asked the Prime Minister to dismiss him and apologise to the nation.

“Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and if she was not a white-skinned woman, would the Congress have then accepted her leadership?,” he told journalists on Tuesday.