Demanding the immediate removal of all Casinos from the River Mandovi, Adv. Rodrigues has ridiculed the Chief Minister for his U turn on Casinos while also alleging that Goa’s biggest Casino has now set foot in the River Mandovi due to the Chief Minister’s new found love for Casinos.
Adv. Rodrigues has recalled that this Casino amongst others is owned by Jaydev Mody who was prominently seated at the swearing in ceremony of Manohar Parrikar held on 9th March last year at the SAG grounds in Campal.
Stating that government guests were even being entertained on the Casinos at the tax payer’s expense, Adv. Rodrigues has demanded to know whether the Casinos were now being officially pampered as their legal Counsel Atmaram Nadkarni was now the Advocate General of Goa.
Ridiculing the Chief Minister on his statement that the Casinos in the River Mandovi would be removed before he demits office in four years, Adv. Rodrigues has wondered whether the people of Goa should infer that the Chief Minister wants to milk the Casinos and make the best while in office.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that addressing the Goa Legislative Assembly on 7th August last year, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically and confidently stated that he did not need the revenue from Casinos for Goa’s developmental works.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Chief Minister while branding the revenue from Casinos as “bad” money had declared that the revenue from Casinos would be kept in a separate account and utilized only on homes for the aged and those suffering from Alzheimer’s, etc.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that on the revenue earned by the government from Casinos, the Chief Minister had firmly stated “We don’t want to use that money to buy computers for students. We don’t need that money in the budget”
Questioning as to why Manohar Parrikar chose to say he would embalm the aged with such “bad” money, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the fact is that though over nine months have elapsed since that assurance by the Chief Minister, no such separate account as promised has been set up to date to take stock of that Casino revenue.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that while in the Opposition Manohar Parrikar had called Casinos “dens of vice”, and that while leading the agitation against Casinos had vowed to make sure that casinos were thrown out of Goa, assuring that the BJP campaign would not only cover off-shore casinos, but also those in 5-star hotels.
Alleging that the Casinos were doing more harm than good to Goa with not even providing employment to the local youth, Adv. Rodrigues has demanded that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should come out clean on the Government’s factual policy on Casinos.