Velingkar's comments came a day after Sawant said that casinos were essential for promoting tourism in Goa and that a significant number of tourists visited the state because of the six offshore and nearly a dozen onshore casinos operating in Goa.
For nearly a decade when it was in the opposition, the BJP had opposed the casino industry, accusing it of promoting social ills. It had also promised to do away with the industry if it came to power.
Velingkar, who now heads the regional political party Goa Suraksha Manch, also said that a white paper should be presented to prove whether the casino industry was contributing to Goa in a positive manner.
"The government should come out with a white paper and share information about how much income the state earns from the casinos and how many Goans are employed in the casinos. What will be the long-term effect of the casinos on environment, Goan heritage and Goan identity..." Velingkar said.