India is celebrating the holiday of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October. The national holiday marks the “Father of the Nation’s” birthday, and in deference to Mahatma Gandhi, there has been some pressure to close Goa casinos during this holiday. There has been pressure from Congress that casinos be closed on Gandhi’s birthday.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced in a press conference that casinos would be closed for the entire day of Gandhi Jayanti. He said: “The casinos will be closed from midnight today to tomorrow midnight.”
The closure affects all those casinos that are located in Goa, and includes not only the land-based casinos, but also the five offshore casinos. In addition to the closure of the casinos that are located both on the water and in the five star Goa hotels, all other locations that sell liquor, including bars, will also be closed for the holiday.
Congress has often commented on the different views that were expressed by Parrikar when he was the leader of the opposition party. Parrikar changed his tune regarding casino gambling after his party became the ruling party. His party had claimed that they were going to “throw casinos out” when they came into power, however, the opposite has been the case.
Durgadas Kamat, a spokesperson for Congress, said: “We would appreciate it if Parrikar sticks to his own demands, which he made with respect to casinos while he was leader of the opposition.”
Goa casinos, both offshore and those that are located in the land-based luxury hotels, have long been a very popular gambling destination, with both tourists from afar, and Indian visitors coming from all over the country in order to take part in the exciting nightlife and gambling that is offered in this hot gambling spot.