"Parrikar's statement that he will not give permission to dance bars is a signal that dance bars are going to come in Goa," D'Mello said. He claimed that Parrikar had made a similar statement regarding offshore casinos but later allowed them to function.

"Parrikar had said that he will not allow the casinos but later made a statement that he wants them to earn revenue for the state," D'Mello stated. The NCP spokesman said that the ruling BJP government had even tried to give permission to Playboy Club, which was later opposed by their own party legislator.

Parrikar on Wednesday said that if any of the bars are found doubling up as dance bars, their excise licence would be withdrawn.

(Agencies)

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