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Kerala govt has little power against foreign lotteries: Karat

CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday said the LDF government in Kerala was doing its best under the law to curb foreign lotteries following a scam, but it could do little against such practise as those are operated under a central law.

kolkata Updated: Jan 16, 2011 21:57 IST

CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday said the LDF government in Kerala was doing its best under the law to curb foreign lotteries following a scam, but it could do little against such practise as those are operated under a central law.

"The Kerala government is making all efforts to curb such lotteries. But it can do little as they were operating under central law. It is upto the Centre to take action," Karat said at a press conference after the two-day CPI-M politburo meeting here.

"I don't understand how the Royal Government of Bhutan was allowed to operate lotteries in India. I can understand the state government operating lotteries in the country," he said.

On whether the state government would ask for a CBI enquiry into the scam, Karat said the Kerala government was taking all steps to curb foreign lotteries. Besides, several litigations on the scam were pending in the Supreme Court.

Karat accused the Congress-led UDF of trying to score political mileage over the LDF ahead of the state Assembly elections.