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Monday, May 23, 2016

Terminating casino licences will send wrong signal: BJP

PANJIM: Stating that the party cannot protest against its own government and demand the shifting of off-shore casino vessels out of River Mandovi, the BJP on Monday claimed that terminating the licences of the off-shore casinos would send the wrong signal to the investors desiring to invest in the State.
“If we arbitrarily suspend or terminate the operation of these off-shore casinos, then it will send the wrong signal to investors. People may have to rethink on investing in the State,” BJP president Vinay Tendulkar told media persons.
He said that the government is nevertheless in the process of relocating the vessels to some other waters in the State. “We had identified some places, but then the local bodies and people objected,” he said.
When asked why his party had assured to shift the casinos without identifying alternate locations, Tendulkar said, “You give us an alternative location, we will shift the off-shore casinos.”
Responding to a question on why the BJP was silent on its government failure to move these vessels as promised in the 2012 election manifesto, Tendulkar said, “How can we protest against our own government?”
Incidentally, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused the BJP government of “backstabbing” and “cheating” Goans on the promise of shifting the off-shore casinos.

Herald Goa News

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