It’s final, Goa says no to Playboy. Goa, a popular tourist centre attracts over 24 lakh tourists annually, both foreign and domestic. It is known for its pristine environment and exotic beach life. The Playboy Club, a popular US chain of night clubs and resorts, had applied for setting up its facility in a beach shack at Candolim beach as per its business plan to open 120 clubs, bars and cafes in India by 2022.
The proposed venture faced stringent opposition from locals, led by BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who alleged that the club will promote vulgarity among the Goans, and threatened hunger strike if the proposal is allowed to operate in the state. There are many who beg to differ.
Hence Goa will not be home to the country’s first Playboy club with the state government deciding to reject a proposal for opening this facility at Candolim beach amid a controversy that it would promote vulgarism and corrupt the young generation. They allege, this would also act as a catalyst to an influx of unwanted elements in the state which is already facing some recent law and order problems with the influx of outsiders, crimes which Goa has not seen earlier; and it was known to be a very peaceful and tourist friendly state.
The Chief Minister bowing to political pressure from within ruling BJP against the US-based Playboy club which planned to open a branch in the popular tourist state. The CM Manohar Parrikar said the application would not be considered by his government on technical grounds; as shack licences are usually given to individuals and not to companies. Whatever be the case, honey, no bunny in Goa!