Goa is one of the few states in India where gambling is legal.
Casinos in Goa draws everyone who wants to test their luck. The experience is certainly no less than that of being in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world.
Casinos can be found on boats anchored in the Mandovi River and the upmarket 5-star hotels and resorts. The high of winning certainly lures you to give it a shot. Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Casino War, 5 Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Poker, Mini flush, Flush Rummy, slot machines, etc. Casinos in Goa are available both on land in premises of 5 star resorts and on floating cruises stationed on the river Mandovi.
Navigating the turbulent waves of a hung assembly, Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eventually landed ashore to a proven majority at Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s helmsmanship.
Having failed to emerge as the single largest party in Goa, if Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) humiliating defeat was any relief for the BJP, then Congress’ claim to a popular mandate perturbed it.
Though the of Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister of Goa is a quick fix, clearing a floor test was smaller of the problems that the party faces ahead in a state where many believe it has lost the people’s mandate.
Several sections of Goans have been griping on social media about how the BJP has formed “a legally legitimate but morally illegitimate government”, with the hashtag #Notmy CM being used to defy Parrikar.
In a backdrop of rising ‘culture protectionism’ in Goa, casinos have formed a deep fault-line within its electorate.
Sensing this populist tide, both Congress and AAP, in coherence with regional parties, pledged to ban casinos in their election manifesto.
Goa, with six offshore and a dozen onshore casinos, is the only state besides Sikkim and Daman & Diu that permits gambling.
Casinos were opened up in Goa during the 1990s under Congress rule in a bid to boost tourism.
The BJP first attacked casinos during its 2007 election campaign, describing them as dens of corruption and vice.