Laxmikant Parsekar
Former Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant ParsekarIANS

Despite several warnings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leaders have not refrained from making controversial statements.

In the latest, Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday allegedly advised protesting nurses against holding strikes under the hot sun as it would darken their skin thereby ruining their marriage prospects.

"When we met the chief minister over our demands at Ponda today, he said that girls should not sit on hunger strike under hot sun as their complexion will become dark and they will not find a good bridegroom," PTI quoted one of the protesting nurses, Anusha Sawant, as saying.

"The comment was unwarranted. We expect the CM to meet our demands if he is really worried about us," Sawant said.

The nurses are protesting against the firm that runs 108 ambulances, accusing it of fraud. Though the CM has not made any comments on the accusations per se, his office said that they are not sure if the 'complexion' comment really came from Parsekar.

"We have no idea whether any statement was made, but we don't think he would say something like that," an official at the CM's office said.

Nurses and in Goa are observing hunger strike for the last few days against the private firm which has allegedly been plying only 13 ambulances but being paid for 33. "We want to create awareness about the fraud committed by the company in connivance with government officials," working president of Goa unit of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh Hridaynath Shirodkar said.