Parrikar told GoaChronicle.com that at present the vessel does not have permanent plying permission in river Mandovi. At admission stage itself I have rejected their application for a casino licence.
Earlier in the day, Parrikar had posted on Facebook saying, “About the highly debated and publicized Horseshoe casino, please note that it is only a vessel. Permission for starting of casino has been rejected.” Casino Horseshoe arrived in river Mandovi on May 26.
Parrikar said in the social networking site that a vicious campaign is currently being run about a supposed change in stance by his government on casinos. “I would like to put it on record that my stand on casinos has not changed,” Parrikar wrote.
To put things in perspective, Parrikar said six licenses were issued during the Congress regime without following any procedure. “I am firm in my stand that no new licenses will be issued by my government. The actual number of operating offshore casinos has come down to three,” Parrikar added.
He also said that action has been taken on casinos not adhering to the rules and regulations, one license has been cancelled and the ship is being confiscated by the tourism department since it poses a threat to tourism in the state. The ship will be towed away and auctioned as soon as final orders are issued by the statutory authority concerned.
“What is surprising is that despite clarification, which is already in public domain through media, some publicity seekers with vested interests have chosen to spread blatant lies with regards to the government’s stand on the issue. I am sure this clarification will set the record straight,” Parrikar said on Facebook.
The government’s latest directive is to tow away M V Leela is also seen as a move to show that it is not pro-casino.