Opposition to Goa casino boats remains despite government pledge

Goa’s casino boats are still facing political opposition, despite a pledge from the chief minister of the state to allow existing businesses to remain afloat.
Independent legislator Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte has threatened to withdraw support from the BJP-led government unless it stops all casino activity, both on and offshore, according to local media.
“If the government continues to perform the way it does now, then I don’t think there is any sense supporting the government,” Khaunte said. “I need to seriously review whether I should continue my support to the present government,” he was cited as saying.
Earlier this month Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said no new casinos licenses would be allowed, but said existing businesses provide an important source of revenue for the state and will be left.
The Deltin Group also said this week its Casino Caravela offshore casino boat is set for a relaunch after a year of refurbishing.
The ship, to be renamed the Deltin Caravela, will be a five-star floating hotel and is expected to be ready for operations within a month. The company already operates the Deltin Royale and the Deltin Jaqk.