Panaji: An MLA belonging to the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the alliance partner of BJP in Goa government, has sparked off a controversy with his demand for demarcation of a private `paid` beach where women would be allowed to wear bikinis.
The Congress Saturday accused the government of trying to impose restrictions on women and using bikinis as a ruse to privatise beaches after a ruling party lawmaker demanded demarcation of private `pay to enter` beaches where women would be allowed to wear bikinis.
Known mostly for playing the girl-next-door on screen, actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who for the first time flaunted a bikini in recently released Tamil actioner `Anjaan`, has attracted a lot of attention.
After bikinis, mini-skirts and pubs, spas and salons in coastal Goa now find themselves under the scanner of the politico-moral police who are out to take the fun out of the state that is one of India`s top tourist draws for its many attractions.
Days after a minister in Manohar Parrikar-led government set off a controversy by denouncing "pub culture", a BJP MLA has invoked mythology saying "pub and liquor are very much part of Indian culture".
The Congress on Wednesday demanded the expulsion of Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar for his controversial remarks where he demanded a ban on women wearing mini-skirts to night clubs and bikinis to beaches.
Actress Aditi Rao Hydari has flaunted a bikini and kissed on screen too. While she is "proud" of her bikini scene in "Boss", she says actresses, if seen "smooching repeatedly", could end up acquiring a "reputation" in the minds of the "conservative" Indian audiences.