Laxmikant Parsekar

    Laxmikant Parsekar is an Indian politician who has been the Chief Minister of Goa, a state in India, since 2014.He is the member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from Mandremconstituency, and belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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    New govt to decide on sixth offshore casino: CM

    Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has put the decision on whether to renew the license for Goa’s sixth offshore casino in the hands of the new government. Parsekar, speaking to the Times of India, said that despite a favorable opinion to renew the licence of the sixth offshore casino, he would not make a decision on […]

    Casinos are ‘fait accompli’ of government: Parrikar

    Union Defence Minister and former Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar has ruled out the removal of casinos, saying they are ‘fait accompli’ of the Goa government. Addressing a group of core party workers in Panaji on Saturday in the presence of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, he said even though the BJP party had opposed […]

    License fee hike for on-shore casinos in Goa

    The Goa government has increased the license fee for new land-based casinos by up to 2 crore rupees ($428,862) based on the size of the casino, local media reports. The under-secretary of the home department, Neetal Amonkar in a notification issued recently said a land-based casino with an area up to 100 square meters will […]

    Goan government admits stakes too high

    Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has gone on record to say that his government would not be able to remove casinos from the state, acknowledging the state’s dependency on casinos for employment and revenue. Parsekar’s statement comes after four years of loud proclamations to remove casinos from the state. Officials estimate that a single casino annually […]

    Offshore casinos too entrenched: Laxmikant Parsekar

    Goa’s Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has not been able to put an end to the casino business, despite protests from the public and other politicians, local media reports.   Parsekar said that, while he does not support increasing casinos in the state, the pro-investor environment and legal protections that investors enjoy mean that it isn’t […]

    Goa to finalize rules that ban locals from casinos

    The Goa government has declared it will notify the Gaming Commission Rules for casinos, which will place a ban on local Goans entering casinos, local media reports. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who had received the draft rules from the Home Department, said ‘he was studying the same’. The ban comes 10 months before the State […]

    BJP government still committed to move offshore casinos

    Goa’s chief minister has struck back at recent remarks made by the opposition regarding the postponement of moving offshore casinos out of the River Mandovi in Goa. Responding to a question as to why the BJP government was reluctant to abide by its 2012 promise of doing away with offshore casinos, and instead postponing the […]

    Goa has become the sin city of India; Congress president

    Goa Congress president Luizinho Faleiro has slammed the BJP government, saying casinos have made Goa the sin city of India, local media reports. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a social function in the state capital, Faleiro, a former Goa Chief Minister, said the government had failed to crack down on prostitution, which he […]

    Casinos to stay in River Mandovi for one more year

    Goa’s chief minister has postponed the deadline for the shifting of casinos from the River Mandovi “until suitable alternative sites are finalized”, local media reports. Previously, the cabinet resolves that the offshore casinos would shift to an alternate location within the state by Mar. 31, 2016. Laxmikant Parsekar, Goa’s chief minister said the casinos will […]

    Goa Chief Minister raises entertainment tax and license fees for Goan casinos

    Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar says there will be a hike in the entertainment tax and license fees for onshore and offshore casinos in the state, local media reports. During his budget speech in the legislative assembly, Chief Minister Parsekar said the entry tax for casinos will be increased from Rs. 700 (US$10.40) per visitor […]

    UB Infrastructure Projects Ltd applies for Goan casino license

    UB Infrastructure Projects Ltd has reportedly applied for a casino license in Goa, local media reports quoting Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar. The company, which has links to billionaire Vijay Mallya’s business empire was said to have made a “plain application”, but does not mention the status of the application. The directors of UB Infrastructure Projects […]

    India may shift Mandovi river casinos, minister vague on new licenses

    Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, whose Bharatiya Janata Party vouched to rid the state of casinos as a pre-poll promise, said the state’s offshore casino boats may be moved to a new location further inland, according to local media. Speaking on the sidelines of a Tourism Ministry event, Parsekar was asked about the government’s plans […]