No `lungi`, no votes in TN: Goa MP Shantaram Naik

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 23:35

Panaji: Linking winnability in elections
with how ethnic identity is promoted, Shantaram Naik, Congress
MP from Goa, says no politician can get votes in Tamil Nadu
unless he is clad in a `lungi.`

"In Tamil Nadu, unless a politician wears a lungi, he
does not get votes. If he wears a shirt and pant there, he
loses," Naik commented during a press conference here today.
The Rajya MP also referred to Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram sartorial taste of preferring the white
wrap-around dress `mundu` and said how one has to keep local
traditions in mind to strike an ethnic chord with voters.

The MP, who is a president of All India Konkani Parishad,
was briefing the media on its forthcoming convention in Goa.

Urging Goan leaders to talk in Konkani to appeal to a
mass base, Naik said it is necessary to strike an ethnical
chord with the electorate.

He lamented that politicians in Goa feel that they will
not garner votes, if they speak in Konkani. "We should talk
more Konkani at different forums," Naik said.
Naik vowed that he will speak in Konkani during the
ensuing budget session in Parliament and will make it a point
to talk in this language at least once during each session of
the Upper House.


First Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 23:35

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