In a controversial statement, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar drew comparison between the opposition’s legacy of establishing offshore casinos in Goa to his position of being compelled to marry a pregnant woman and acting as a father to her children.
Responding to a question on why the BJP government was reluctant to abide by its 2012 poll promise of doing away with offshore casinos away and instead recently approving its extension on Mandovi river by one year, Parsekar told that one must recollect who allowed casinos in the state. “Who was at power in 1994 and 1999, it was not the BJP, but the government headed by Congress which created this mess, but now they are criticizing our government for the same,” he said.
Justify his predicament, Parsekar explained his stand on offshore casinos. “Someone told me that I was compelled to marry a pregnant woman, so naturally I had to take care of her children,” he said.
“Uprooting offshore casinos immediately would send a wrong signal to the investors in the state, besides it will affect the employment of our local youth,” he added.
Parsekar said that the government was very much committed to move out the casinos from Mandovi and that it has not given any permission to new vessels. “During the existing extensions, the casinos must either find alternate place or locate to spots we assign to them, whichever being the earliest,” he said.