Indian Minister Gadkari Says No To Casinos
Having the second largest population on the planet means that India is a dream market for casinos. Currently only Goa, Damna and Sikkim have operating gambling establishments. Efforts have been underway for many years to try and get this changed.
However India’s Union Minister of Shipping & Transport, Nitin Gadkari has put any hopes of this happening to sleep. He was clear about his opposition to casino in India on local media as he believes there are many other less harmful methods to attract tourists.
He was clear about his objections and said,” We oppose things like casinos, and I will not give permission for that. People will also not tolerate such things.”
He also cited that he believes that organizations like Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali group and Sri Sri Ravishankar’s “Art of Living” should create facilities for tourism over the 1300 islands. He believes that entertainment facilities would be welcomed on the islands. According to Indian Constitution gambling and casinos are a state subject.
Gadkari is a member of the BJP party and is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been vocal in his opposition to casinos. Other political figures like Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in India believe that casinos would generate a lot of investment and revenues.