Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on 17 December, said his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi preferred Goa over Delhi, as she felt that there was "no pollution" in the state and the people were "very good".
"Goa me akar mujhe bahot khushi hui hai...kuchh hi din pehle Congress president bhi yahan aayi thi. (I feel happy being in Goa. Few days back Congress president had also come here)," Rahul Gandhi said while addressing an election rally on Friday evening at Fatorda village, around 30 km from Margao.
"Jab Delhi wapas aayi to maine unse puchha ki kaisi hain aap, to kehti hai mai Goa wapas jana chahti hu. (When she returned to Delhi, I asked her how she was and she said she wants to go back to Goa)," Gandhi said at the beginning of his speech.
"Unhone kaha, mujhe Goa ki hawa achhi lagi, Goa me koi pollution nahi hai...Goa ke log bahot achhe hai. (She said I like Goa's air. There is no pollution there and people of Goa are very good)," he said.
Mid-November, Sonia Gandhi visited the coastal state, where she lived in a starred resort in South Goa.
During the stay, she has paid a visit to a private museum without any security hassles. The Congress president had also visited a temple at Fatorda village, 30 km from Margao.