Panaji: BJP Goa chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade on Friday said that Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal wrongly used the word ‘mini-Portugal’ while describing about the development.
Addressing the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) meet in Mumbai on February 15, Goyal was quoted as saying: “I believe if we were to work together to create a mini-Portugal in Goa, we could truly make it a preferred destination for visitors from around the world.”
Tanavade on Friday said that the party has already spoken to Goyal to know what exactly he meant when he said Goa should be made mini-Portugal.
“He meant to say that the development should be done on lines with Portugal in the state. He might have used the wrong word,” he said.
The BJP leader said that there is no necessity to misunderstand his word.
The union minister’s statement had come few days after Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had visited India, and Goa.
Goa was ruled by Portuguese for 450-years till 1961 when it was liberated by Indian Army and annexed the territory to the mainstream.