No more lincenses to casinos: Smriti

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 29 May 2013 13:24 IST

BJP leader Smriti Irani meets Goa CM Parrikar

Goa government will not issue fresh license to any casino, assures Smriti Irani, organisational in-charge of Goa’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

After her appointment as the in-charge of Goa BJP, Irani yesterday paid first visit to Goa, meeting the orgnisational leaders as well as chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

While speaking to the media today morning, Irani said she is confident that Parrikar would phase out casinos in Goa.

When media persons quizzed her on why a new boat – Horseshoe – has been allowed to anchor in river Mandovi, she kept on repeating her reply: “No fresh license has been given.”

She however could not give a satisfactory reply to why a boat, which has casino gaming tables, has been allowed if no fresh license would be given.

Delta Corporation Ltd has brought Horseshoe as a replacement to old Caravela, but has no license to operate.

On the contrary, Parrikar has said he would phase out casinos from Goa only after four years and not immediately, which was his election promise.

Irani later assured to find out in details about the casino issue, though reiterated that the BJP is opposed to promotion of gambling culture in Goa.

While she reviewed the ongoing preparation of forthcoming Lok Sabha election, the BJP MP said she is personally for giving equal seats to women in any election.

However, when asked whether one seat out of two would go to a woman in Goa in the forthcoming Parliament election, she was quick to reply: “It is up to the election committee and the Parliamentary Board.”

Apparently not aware of the Vasco case of a rape on a six-year old school girl which still remains unsolved, Irani assured to find out more about it.

“Violence against women is a nationwide concern of all political groups and we need a stringent law to deal with such heinous crimes”, said Irani. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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CM Parrikar has promised ??? phase out Casinos "AFTER " 4 years!

That in my calculation will be 2017.

Is he assuming that he will still be in power in 4 years time?

Did we not hear from him, that he will be retiring and will not contest the next elections?.........unless likes to treat all Goans as deaf & dumb and a bunch of Governmental idiots

Will he be doing all this from his "grace & favour" retirement home?

Strangely , the Ship called "Horseshoe", is the same shape & symbol of Parrikar`s policies of "U"-Turns

- N.Fernandes, London | 30 th May 2013 12:36


If Hon. CM had made a promise that if elected, he would phase out the casinos in Goa, he should stick to his promise. Otherwise, say that you had made no such promise.

No excuses, please.

- Francisco, Goa | 29 th May 2013 14:33


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