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Goa police charge youth Congress workers to protest poker tournament

Panaji, October 21 (IANS): Police in Goa have accused members of the Youth Congress of organizing a “mashal yatra” to protest an ongoing poker tournament, which is taking place at an offshore casino in the coastal state.

“The government of Goa does not allow religious functions to be held, so how does it allow a world poker tournament,” Goa Youth Congress chairman Varad Mardolkar told reporters. The incident took place Tuesday evening.

Mardolkar also claimed that the crowds thronging the casinos in Goa were responsible for the second wave of Covid in the state which left several dead.

“The crowds in the casinos caused the second wave of Covid … Such tournaments are invitations to a third wave,” Mardolkar said.

On Monday, the Youth Congress wrote to Goa Governor PS Sreedharan demanding the cancellation of the poker tournament.

“Even schools are not fully allowed to start in the state but the government allows these casinos to organize large-scale tournaments that can cause massive transmission of Covid,” Mardolkar said in his memorandum to the governor.


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