Opposition party in Sikkim claims credit for casino ban

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), the principal opposition party in Sikkim has claimed credit for the recent decision to ban locals in the state’s casinos.

Navraj Gurung, senior leader of SKM said, “To be frank, this notification is just like a face saver issued under pressure from the SKM.

SKM had reportedly made a Right to Information (RTI) application asking about any laws that banned locals in casinos last week.

“In its reply, the government said the matter was under process and four days later, this notification was issued.  This is not going to help as locals are still regulars in casinos. We need a proper law like that of Goa and SKM will push for a stringent and foolproof law that bans locals from gambling in casinos,” said Gurung.

This week, the Sikkim government brought out a notification prohibiting residents of the state from entering its two casinos to “safeguard the interest of the local people.”

The restriction became effective as of Friday, July 8.