The BJP-supported panel which is contesting elections for Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP), has promised to shut down illegal casinos if voted to power.
Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar told reporters today that there would be a total ban on illegal casino operations within city limits, if the panel gained power. CCP elections are slated for March 13. The BJP-supported ‘Panaji First’ panel will face off with the ruling panel backed by state education minister Atanasio Monserratte (Congress).
Mandovi River, which flows across the city, is a home to six off-shore casinos, which allegedly do not have proper licences. The BJP-backed panel today unveiled its manifesto. “CCP polls are important for the state to judge the mood of the people,” Parrikar said responding to a question. He said the capital city, which has been turned into a “filthy bin”, would be restored to its past glory by the panel. “There has been utter mismanagement in last five years. We have given a clean panel with young faces,” he claimed.
Ashok Naik, the BJP-backed panel’s mayoral candidate, too was present on this occasion. Parrikar also alleged that the corporators of the rival group were using money to lure voters. “A few corporators are investing their money so that they can gain once they get elected. Our investment is our efforts,” the former chief minister said. Panaji First has also assured to solve the traffic woes, and work for bringing in a mass rapid transport system.