AAAG to protest against new casino on Statehood Day

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 May 2013 21:21 IST

The Goa Statehood Day, besides a Jail Bharo by workers, will also witness a protest against the new floating live casino entering Goan waters – the Horseshoe.

Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling has planned a dharna in front of the Captain of Ports on 30 May at 10am.

“In India, no other state has a floating casino, hence the foreign-purchased casino boat has not come for a walk to Goa”, said Sabina Martins, leader of AAAG.

She strongly feels that the boat has been brought after reaching a tacit understanding with the government to allow casino operation.

According to AAAG, Horseshoe has the latest gaming facilities on board.

AAAG feels that allowing parking the boat itself is illegal since vessels in the rivers are only for navigation and not for permanent parking.

Martins refuses to buy the claim by chief minister Manohar Parrikar that he would close down all the casinos.

“In that case, he would have not allowed a new boat in Goan waters”, she said.

She interprets Parrikar’s statement that all casinos would close down after four years as allowing casinos for the next four years.

“If he meant what he said, then he would have taken steps such as sending message to all that the casinos will be closed down and no renewal will be granted”, said Martins.

A new vessel cannot replace the old vessel if the government is clear that casinos are to be phased out, stated AAAG press note.

The AAAG also pointed out that the home department, headed by Parrikar, had even allowed casino advertisements on traffic police signboards.

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