Asked if the state was going the way of Mexico and Colombia, where drug cartels rule the roost, Rane said: “It could go”.
The question was asked against the backdrop of gang wars between Nigerians and local drug mafia, which spilled out on Goa’s roads more than a week ago.
“Because if you see the kind of money they are making, one day they could fight elections and we will be ruled by drug lords,” said Rane, a former chief minister whose tenure spanned nearly two decades.
A gang war between Nigerian and native narcotics gangs spilled in the open on October 31 resulting in a murder of a Nigerian and was followed by a conflict between the Africans on one side, and locals and police on the other.
The BJP-led coalition government, which has been criticised for being unable to rein in the drug mafia, has ordered a crackdown on Nigerians following the public clash.
Two persons owing allegiance to the local drug mafia have also been arrested for the Nigerian’s murder.
Rane said that whether it is a drug mafia involving foreigners or locals, the state crackdown should be severe.
A recent legislative committee report on drug trade has indicted Rane’s senior colleague and former home minister Ravi Naik and his son Roy, linking the duo to Goa’s drug lords.