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Goa Cabinet decision on casinos influenced by kickbacks, BJP

Last Updated: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 21:50

Panaji: Leader of Opposition in Goa
Assembly Manohar Parrikar today alleged that money changed
hands in the off-shore casino matter which forced the state
cabinet to roll back its own decision.

"They have taken money from almost everyone (casino
operators). I can`t say who paid whom but definitely money has
changed the hands," Parrikar said reacting to yesterday`s
cabinet decision.

Goa government yesterday had decided to relocate
off-shore casino vessels within Mandovi river basin as against
its earlier decision taken in February 2009 to shift them away
to Aguada bay.

"The state government is bankrupt in all respect. They
are bankrupt in thinking, action and even results. They don`t
know what they are doing," said the former chief minister.

Parrikar, an MLA from Panaji, said the casinos should
move away from the city.

"They should not be visible from Panaji," he added.

Parrikar said he and BJP will overall oppose such
casinos. Pointing out to the cases filed by off-shore casino
operators who were reluctant to move from Mandovi river,
Parrikar said that Advocate General Subodh Kantak was
incompetent and was hand in gloves with the casino operators.

"He (AG) could not get an order in these cases which
were filed in September 2009," Parrikar said adding the court
was ruling Goa for the last one and half year instead of
Congress-led government.


First Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 21:50
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