Panaji, October 19 Why are schools in Goa still closed, but casinos allowed to start operations in the coastal state, the Goa Youth Congress asked on Tuesday in a memorandum to Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai , demanding the immediate cancellation of a poker tournament scheduled to start at one of the offshore casinos on Wednesday.
Goa Youth Congress President Varad Mardolkar said a poker tournament would create chaos in the state and could act as a catalyst for the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
âAt a time when schools are not fully licensed to start operating in the state, the government allows these casinos to run large-scale tournaments, which can cause massive transmission of Covid as our state as well as our country still haven’t completely overcome the pandemic, âMardolkar said in the memorandum to the governor.
“The Youth Congress calls on you to order government authorities to immediately cancel this ‘ORBIT’ poker tournament to safeguard the interests of Goa and Goans as it is not in the best interests of the state. Congress of the youth will not allow these casinos to gamble with the lives of innocent Goans by taking undue advantage of the lethargy of the government, âhe added.
Hosted by Deltin Royale Casino, the ORBIT-Poker Cash Festival has been billed as the biggest cash poker festival in India, taking place in Goa from October 20-24.
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