Goa Pradesh Congress Comittee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar on Monday lashed out at BJP MP Tejasvi Surya, a day after Bangalore South MP claimed that Rahul Gandhi was visiting Goa as Thailand was not taking in tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In an attempt to make @DrPramodPSawant feel CM of Thailand, @BJP4India MP @Tejasvi_Surya with his gutter level thinking has compared Goa to #Thailand thereby insulting the women and people who have kept respect of the state high. We strongly condemn this character assassination of #Goa," Chodankar tweeted.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Surya had said Mr Gandhi was vacationing in Goa as part of "political tourism" because Thailand was closed to tourists for the past one-and-half years due to the pandemic. "Rahul Gandhi, like Mamata Banerjee, like the AAP, is a political tourist in Goa, Because of Covid Thailand may be not taking new tourists and Rahul Gandhi has come for his regular vacation to Goa," he said.
Gandhi was on one-day Goa visit as part of pre-election campaign on Saturday.