An MLA of the ruling BJP today threatened to go on a hunger strike if the Goa government grants permission to US-based Playboy Club to open a branch in the state.

“I am opposing this club anywhere in Goa. The department of tourism has already made up its mind to give them no-objection certificate,” BJP’s Michael Lobo, in whose constituency the club is proposed to be set up, told reporters here.

Lobo, who heads BJP’s North District unit, threatened to go on a hunger strike if permission is granted to the Playboy Club to enter the state.

He claimed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had assured that such a club would not be allowed in the state.

Earlier in the day, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told the Goa Legislative Assembly that the proposal of Playboy’s Indian franchisee to set up a club at Candolim beach was under consideration.

He, however, later told reporters that the club would not be allowed if it indulged in vulgarity.

(This article was published on April 8, 2013)
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