Udhayanidhi Stalin confirms that online gaming ban will be passed again

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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party member Udhayanidhi Stalin has confirmed that the Bill banning Online Gaming in Tamil Nadu will be presented again for approval in the upcoming assembly session.

Chief Minister MK Stalin-led meeting, wherein the Tamil Nadu Chief and the Sports Development made a joint decision. According to an exclusive conversation with News18, the Sports Development Minister also believes that the Governor should assent the Bill. Stalin believes that it will help in avoiding further deaths of people in the state due to online gaming.

The upcoming assembly session is planned for Monday, March 20, where the bill is expected to be passed once again. Law minister S Regupathy said that the bill will be sent to the Governor again, and this time he will have to give his assent.

The debate sparked when the Governor R.N Ravi returned the bill to the Government after 142 day without giving his assent. The Governor further claimed that the government currently does not hold the authority to pass the online gaming ban bill.

Law minister S Regupathy and committee member retired Justice K. Chandru have responded to the claims made by the Governor, saying the state does hold the authority to pass the bill accordion to the High Court.

The Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Gaming Bill, 2022 was passed back in October 2022 and sent to the Governor for his assent. The Governor raise some queries regarding the bill, which the law minister claimed to have clarified in 24 hours. Governor RN Ravi did not give provide assent to the bill banning online game.

Justice K. Chandru has also asked the reasoning behind why the Governor immediately promulgated the emergency ordinance, however later refused to give his assent to the bill that was identical.