An organization that has been fighting hard against the casinos located in Goa, Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling, will be holding a demonstration soon. The demonstration is set to take place on 25th September 2012, and it will take place in Altinho, outside the chief minister, Manohar Parrikar’s, residence.
The organization is holding the demonstration outside the chief minister’s residence to note their protest against the policies of Manohar Parrikar’s government, policies that are decidedly “pro-casino.”
The Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling organization has said that they plan to intensify the agitation. The anti-gambling organization plans to send a delegation to the governor, B V Wanchoo, to urge the governor to withhold his agreement on the recent changes to the Goa Public Gambling bill.
Sabina Martins, the convener of the Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling protest, has noted that the proposed changes to the amendment will allow casino ships to berth in inland rivers, when the original bill only allows them to operate offshore.
Members of the organization have made a point of reminding interested parties that when Parrikar was the opposition leader, he had said that he would agitate to get the casinos that are meant to be offshore out of the Mandovi river. Now that Parrikar is in the ruling party, he seems to have done an about-turn and now supports the casinos. Interestingly, the Congress party supported the casinos when they were in power, and now oppose them since they have been in the opposition.
It has been seen that there are fewer land based casinos since some of them have shut down due to the steep licensing renewal fees. The BJP government plans to keep the same number of casinos that operate from the Mandovi river, however, some of these offshore casinos have shut down their operations.