The All India Gambling Federation, on Wednesday slammed the Goa Congress President Giresh Chodankar for mis-leading Goans over his remarks that stated, that there was no constitutional support for casinos in Goa as the amendments to the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 in 1992 did not receive the President’s assent.


The Gambling Federation, in its official press release said that the statements made by congress president were totally false assertion which involves incorrect reading of the extant legal and constitutional provisions and selective quoting of the Law Commission of India’s report.


The Federation further claims that, The Law Commission of India in the Chapter on Constitution of India and Betting, while discussing the Public Gambling (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2002 and the reasons for the President of India withholding his assent to the Bill quotes a note of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs as stating that the 1992 Goa Gambling Amendment Bill did not receive the assent of the President of India.   This is because gambling and betting is a State subject under the Constitution of India and any law passed by the State legislature has to be assented by the Governor of the state under Article 200 of the Constitution (unless Governor reserves assent to the Bill and sends it to the President of India for his consideration).


The All India Gambling Federation, said that in the case of the Goa Public Gambling Amendment Bill, the Governor being fully competent and empowered under the constitutional provisions to approve a bill passed by the State legislature on a subject under the state list, duly gave his assent to the Bill. In this scenario the assent of the President is not required and the Bill becomes law once it is approved by the Governor.


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