While canvassing for the upcoming general elections is in full swing in India, Rohan Khaunte, Revenue and IT Minister of Goa, is raising concerns about the undue influence that casino operators in the state may cast on the election results.
Khaunte has been vocal about illegal employees at the casinos and has claimed on a number of occasions that the casino operators are trying to “infiltrate and influence” the upcoming general elections as they are already enrolling such employees into the electoral rolls.
Going a step further, the Goa minister has lodged an official complaint with the Election Commission and has written a letter detailing his concerns.
Talking about his complaint to the Election Commission Khaunte said: “I have already filed a complaint with the CEO after I found 820 names of casino employees in my constituency of Porvorim. All the new additions have been routed through one internet protocol (IP) address.”
“The mass enrollment is aimed at influencing Lok Sabha and other elections in order to elect politicians who are favourable to the casino lobby. The probe should also include all other areas of Goa wherever there are casino operations,” he added.
The 2019 General elections in India is scheduled to be held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. Last month, the sitting Chief minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar passed away after a chronic cancer. Following Parrikar’s demise the debate around casinos has been heating up in Goa.