DMK and its allies walk out during Governor’s address in legislative assembly, no assent to Gaming Ban Bill one of the reasons

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In response to the Governor’s recent comments that “Tamizhagam” rather than “Tamil Nadu” would be a more appropriate name for the state, the ruling party of the state and its allies started a commotion in the legislative assembly.

Legislators from DMK, the Congress and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) began shouting anti-Governor slogans and staged a walkout from the assembly.

The leaders in the assembly also demanded that online gambling be outlawed and blamed the Governor for not giving his assent to the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022. Ravi continued addressing the assembly during the ruckus.

TN is currently the scene of a dispute between the in-power DMK government and the Raj Bhavan over a number of measures that are waiting with the governor, including the one that would outlaw online gambling and wager-based online games of chance like rummy.

The ordinance to ban online gambling was passed on October 1, 2022, and was later used to form the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022, in the legislative assembly on October 17, 2022.

While the ordinance has lapsed, the Governor is yet to provide his assent to the bill, which is one of the major reasons for the current commotion in the legislative assembly.

The protest was done due to Governor RN Ravi’s remark in Raj Bhavan function on Wednesday to felicitate the organizers and volunteers of Kashi-Tamil Sangamam. Ravi said, “Tamil Nadu is the land which holds the south of Bharat. It is the identity of Bharat. In fact, Thamizhagam would be the more appropriate word to call it.”

Governor Ravi received criticism from DMK Treasurer and MP TR Balu, who advised him to stop serving as the BJP’s second state president.

Balu said, “Governor RN Ravi, on a daily basis, passes some controversial comments to create confusion, separation and conflict. The governor said, “People have been cheated during 50 years of Dravidian politics’. It is highly condemnable as he should say this from BJP State headquarters Kamalalayam and not from Raj Bhavan.”