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Minister apologises for comparing Goa CM to Jesus

Vijai Sardesai accuses Congress of giving a spin to his comments in the Assembly

Vijai Sardesai, Goa Agriculture Minister and president of the Goa Forward Party, apologised on Saturday for comparing the Chief Minister to Jesus Christ in the Assembly on Thursday.

Mr. Sardesai had said, “In the Bible, there is a saying that a man should build bridges and not walls. Jesus built bridges not walls. You need to build bridges. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is a person who builds bridges.” On Friday, the Congress had demanded an apology from Mr. Sardesai accusing him of hurting the sentiments of Catholics in Goa.

However, Mr. Sardesai said that he had never equated Mr. Parrikar to Christ and accused the Congress of misunderstanding his statement. He said, “If anyone is hurt because of the spin deliberately given by the Congress, then I seek pardon from the people whose sentiments are hurt. I appeal to the people not to fall prey to the mind games played by the Congress.”

Mr. Sardesai heads the three-member Goa Forward Party, which is an alliance partner of the government. The Minister said that in the Assembly on Thursday, he was only trying to make “an analogy between Mr. Parrikar and Jesus”, but did not attempt to equate them. He said, “It is the Congress who is insulting religious sentiments by giving a spin to my comment.”

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