January 25, 2020
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Casino Royale

Casino Royale
If dusty Haryana can have its casinos, why not gung-ho Punjab? And so it shall be, ordained CM Amarinder Singh last week, as he announced he will open the doors of his state to world-class casinos. His bureaucrats are giving the final touches to the draft Punjab Casinos (Control and Regulation) Bill. The CM is only following in the footsteps of his Haryana counterpart, Om Prakash Chautala, but critics say the move will pave the way for "big-time gambling". Opposition parties too have pounced on the opportunity to take potshots at Amarinder. Sample this dose of sarcasm from ex-CM Parkash Singh Badal: "(It is) a maharaja’s tribute to the heritage of the gurus in the 400th year of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib".
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