Several Goa Governments Revert their Anti-Casino Stance

In India, despite not winning a majority in the last Goa state election, the Bharatiya Janata Party has been invited to form a government for the next five-year parliamentary term while reportedly also partially reversing its previous stance against casinos.

According to a report from Asia Gaming Brief, conservative political parties won a majority vote in the previous Goa election in 2012 on the back of a promise to shutter all of the nation’s casinos. But, it then failed to close down a single venue and was even forced to activate a floating sixth gambling license last week following a ruling from the Mumbai High Court.

The Bharatiya Janata Party won 13 out of 40 seats in the last election for the Goa Legislative Assembly and was asked to form a government after showing it could count on the support of nine independent MPs.

Now, the governor of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the small western state, Mridula Sinha, has stated that state casinos should be allowed to remain open as long as they are run according to local regulations.

“We can’t shut them down because there are a lot of tourists and their frequent visitors,” said Sinha. “Instead of banning them [we must] keep a close watch on their activities.”

Goa now has 15 casinos including six that are located on boats on the Mandovi River and their future has been in jeopardy as opposition to the Indian National Congress and the Aadmi Aam Party have made at least a partial closure of these venues a main board of their campaign despite official figures. – a figure showing last year’s industry contributed about $ 19 million to the state treasury.

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In the end, the Aam Aadmi Party failed to secure a seat in the Goa Legislative Assembly while the Indian National Congress was to become the second largest political party in the state after successfully winning 17 seats.