Panaji:┬áBikinis will not be banned from Goa’s beaches, but drinking alcohol in public and on the state’s popular beaches will not be tolerated, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, while defending a cabinet minister who has demanded a ban on revealing clothes in pubs.

“You cannot ban bikinis on beaches. But we will have to crack down on drinking in open areas, especially beaches,” Parrikar told a press conference.

The chief minister defended Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who triggered a nationwide controversy after he demanded a ban on mini-skirts and bikinis in Goa’s nightclubs and beaches because they were against “Goan culture” and encouraged crime.

He also advised women to stop drinking, “because it is not good for their health”.