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Monday, September 26, 2016

Digvijay deflects casino issue to people’s court

Doesn’t endorse Luizinho’s direct stand of moving casinos out of Goa waters

PANJIM: Days after the State Congress leadership resolved to remove offshore casinos from the State, the party still appears to be uncertain on its stand on the issue. Congress has now announced that the “people will decide what its stand should be” on the issue.

“We don’t want Goa to be another Macau, which is known only for casinos. We don’t want Goa to be known only for casinos and gambling,” All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh told media persons on Monday.
“We have decided to consult the people on what should be the Congress stand on casinos. Comprehensive views of the public would be taken,” Singh said in presence of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Luizinho Faleiro.
Faleiro, who on repeated occasions had said that casinos should be moved out as they have turned the State into “sin city of India”, on Monday said, “I am personally against casinos but what the party’s stand should be, will be decided after consulting the people.”
“I have already begun consultations with NGOs and others on the issue,” he said, keeping silent on the party’s earlier demand of an “opinion poll” on the matter.
The former chief minister had said that the state executive committee had taken a decision wherein it found the “casinos are an evil and have evil effect on the society”.
Singh during an earlier visit to Goa had said that the party is not against casinos but not in favour of allowing then in River Mandovi.

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