The Vice President of Goa Forward Party Durgadas Kamat landed into trouble recently. On Tuesday he tweeted a photo of some passengers sleeping on the ground at the Goa airport. sharing the picture he called the resing passengers “cheap” and “scum”.
Kamat wrote, “Scene @aaigoaairport .Do we need such cheap tourist in Goa ? @aaigoaairport should act on this . We don’t need scum like these to visit Goa. We need quality tourist ,who will come ,spend & enjoy Goa & its beauty . #BrandGoa cannot be compromised at any cost.”
Scene @aaigoaairport .Do we need such cheap tourist in Goa ? @aaigoaairport should act on this . We don't need scum like these to visit Goa. We need quality tourist ,who will come ,spend & enjoy Goa & its beauty . #BrandGoa cannot be compromised at any cost. pic.twitter.com/tCvE1sbizw
— Durgadas Kamat (@durgadasskamat) July 8, 2019
The politician’s tweet did not do down well with the twitter users. Twitterians were disgusted over Kamat’s tweet and started bashing him for his insensitivity. While some retaliated in passenger’s defense, some called the politicians names.
Might be due flight cancellation or delay .. don’t judge so quickly
— Arpit Bansal (@ArpitBnsl) July 9, 2019
Pathetic public facilities, one of the worst airport of India, taxi mafia that doesn't let Uber and Ola function, progressively ruined nightlife thanks to the restrictive rules, and on top of that such attitude of Goans.
Visit Goa? No thanks. Pattaya is more economical.
— Kunal (@SolivFlaneur) July 10, 2019
Gosh, you know what?
Sorry on behalf of these people for compromising your hashtag #BrandGoa.
How long before you understand that these are real human beings and to call them 'cheap', 'scum' and 'not quality' is extreme classism??
EVERYONE DESERVES TO ENJOY GOA.
— Shruti Chaturvedi (@adhicutting) July 9, 2019
Instead of finding the reason why ppl have been lying around and forced to sleep on floor,you call them" scum and cheap".what kind of upbringing you have..And you are the elected representative of some so called forward party.
— I Sangeeta (@ISangeeta1) July 9, 2019
You tweet make you look like someone from Goa Backward Party!
You devalued your own point by degrading the tourists visiting Goa. Poor or Rich you just can't discriminate.
Plus provide better transport system as Goa lacks it big time.
— Richa 🇮🇳 (@richa_2009_j) July 9, 2019
@PMOIndia @tourismgoi Find the reason before commenting. The language used is of arrogance and uncultured. Is goa not part of india? Constitution grants freedom to travel anywhere. They can afford flights are they scum. Where is atithi devo bhavo? Shame on you. Respect all
— sudesh sawant (@sudyasawant) July 9, 2019
Mind ur language S"poke person. What do u mean by cheap tourist. अतिथि देवो भवो taught in rest of the India. #brandGoa is made by tourist not by you. if u can't solve the issue at least don't create one. Love from आमची मुंबई, जय महाराष्ट्र
— Jaydatt Palve 🇮🇳 (@jaydattpalve) July 9, 2019
How about issues where taxi is super costly at night n will cost 2k to come from calangute and Airport not letting in people at 12.00 having flight at https://t.co/ZRulWKunru.. we all know public transport In Goa is pathetic.. (1/2)
— Nikita Rege (@NikitaRege) July 8, 2019
Goa airport is one of the most pathetic airports in India.. Facilities are lease than Bus stands of few cities.. You should be talking about improving the facilities at airport.
Calling the tourists cheap shows your upbringing
— kiran – WhatDaMars 🔴 (@kiranpaic) July 9, 2019
Pls stop insulting people of India, your economy runs on tourists. Build quality infrastructure instead.
— अंशुमान 🇮🇳 (@India_1st) July 11, 2019
I thought this represents poor infrastructure and facility at goa airport. Sleeping on floor doesn't signify poor or scum.
— RBS (@RBS64286550) July 9, 2019
Why not make some restrooms for people who have ticket for next day then. It is absolute rubbish that people can't afford hotels. Either they are not flying passengers which incase is another problem or some flights must have experienced delay which explains apathy of Goa airport
— Sanely (@SanelyInsane2) July 10, 2019
What was even more depressing was a promise to Kamat that instances like this won’t repeat from a person in charge of the airport base.
We share your concern. This is one of kind incident and noted with due concern. The instructions to concerned have been issued to be more watchful and ensure no repeat.
— Gagan Malik (@GaganMa41814084) July 8, 2019