The Congress now claims that Parrikar's alleged comments made to the Goan Catholic Welfare Union and reported in the media on Tuesday, confirmed that the re-conversion programme was being calibrated by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

"When he gives an assurance that ghar-wapsi 'could never touch Goa', that means a programme like this does exist and the BJP is pushing it. Or else, how can he claim to control it," Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar said at a press conference at the party's headquarters in Panaji.

The local media had published the comments along with a press statement issued by the Catholic union on Tuesday.

"Parrikar said he will take up the Delhi church issue with the union home minister (Rajnath Singh) and with respect to 'ghar-wapsi', he assured it could never touch Goa," he said.

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