CHENNAI: State Law Minister S Regupathy on Monday said that 95 per cent of the people in the State are in favour of the ban for online rummy.
"The Governor gave approval for Ordinance to ban online rummy and the same provisions were incorporated in the Bill and was sent to the Governor for assent. Some doubts were asked by the Governor and we responded within 24 hours and we expected the Governor to give assent for the Bill by yesterday (Sunday) evening, but he did not provide the assent. We have explained clearly in the introduction of the reply that 95 per cent of the people are favouring the ban of online rummy and poker. Even WHO has called it (online gambling) a disease and it is the duty of the state government to eradicate the disease," said the Minister, while addressing the media, in Chennai.
Meanwhile, PMK President Anbumani Ramadoss and Congress Legislative party leader K Selvaperunthagai criticised Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi for not providing assent to the Bill passed by the State government to ban online rummy even after 40 days.
Taking to Twitter, Anbumani pointed out at the recent suicide of a woman labourer from Odisha Bandana Majki allegedly due to online rummy and said that so far in the last 15 months, after the ban on online rummy was lifted, 33 persons and four persons in the last two months have killed themselves.
After the State government promulgated Ordinance to ban online rummy, the state government passed a Bill to ban online rummy on October 19, but the Governor has not provided assent yet. Meanwhile, the six-week period for the Ordinance ended on Sunday.
Anbumani said that the Governor should understand the outrage of the people of the State and should provide assent to the Bill at the earliest.
Selvaperunthagai, in a statement, said that it is disheartening to note that the Governor has not given assent to the Bill and urged the President to withdraw the Governor from the State.