TN BJP chief demands immediate rummy ban ordinance in the state

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The Tamil Nadu state BJP president and former IPS Officer K Annamalai urged the state government to take immediate steps to ban online rummy. He stated that the state has witness nearly 30 suicides due to online rummy. He was speaking at the induction ceremony Arjun Moorthy into the BJP.

Moorthy was earlier announced as the coordinator of the party that was supposed to be started by actor Rajinikanth.

Annamalai urged Chief Minister Stalin to immediately ban online rummy without delay tactics saying that they are asking for feedback from public. The Tamil Nadu government has received nearly 10,000 mails from public on the call to provide views on the proposed gaming ban law.

The government had constituted a committee headed by retired Madras High Court judge K Chandru in June to analyse the impact caused by online gaming/gambling sites. After the committee submitted a report on June 27 in favour of a ban. Subsequently, there were complaints from online gaming companies and also the public that their views were not taken into account. Hence, a stakeholders’ meeting was called for and people were also asked to mail their suggestions. The last date for submissions was set as August 12. A press release in this regard was addressed to parents, students, teachers, activists, and psychologists.

The ordinance drafting is reported to be in the final stages. Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday held a meeting with Law Minister S Regupathy, Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Home Secretary Phanindra Reddy, DGP Sylendra Babu, Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal and other senior officials of the government to discuss the provisions of the Ordinance. Earlier in July, the Chief Secretary held a meeting with top state officials to discuss the ordinance.