Appearing in online rummy advt is a shameless act, anti-national activity: MLA Ganesh Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: Former minister and LDF MLA KB Ganesh Kumar demanded the government to request the artists who appear for online rummy games advertisements to back off due to the recent suicides over financial constraints from playing the game.

Shah Rukh Khan, Virat Kholi, Vijay Yesudas and Rimi Tomy are seen regularly vouching for such online games. The culture minister may request them to stay away from such shameless anti-national activities. They claim high stature in public life, said Ganesh during a debate in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Minister VN Vasavan, responding to the demand, said the government cannot legally ban them from appearing on such advertisements. However, we can request them, he said.

Recently, a Kochi fisherman had revealed that his claim of winning Rs 25,000 through online game in the advertisement was a lie. He said that such advertisements about online games are nothing but traps and asserted that no one has become rich playing online games. He expressed regret in appearing for the advertisement.

Last week, Koyilandy native Bijisha had killed herself after she lost a huge amount playing online rummy.

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