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TNCA Club ready to lift dhoti ban, says Srinivasan

PTI  Chennai, July 16, 2014
First Published: 23:42 IST(16/7/2014) | Last Updated: 23:44 IST(16/7/2014)

As Tamil Nadu government came down on the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club in Chennai for denying entry to a dhoti-clad judge, club president N Srinivasan on Wednesday said it was ready to lift the dhoti ban.

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"We are ready to lift the ban. Will go with whatever the chief minister advises. When something like this happens we will respect," he told PTI after a felicitation function on his election as first chairman of ICC.

He was responding to a question about chief minister Jayalalithaa's statement in the state assembly on Wednesday.

In a suo motu statement in the assembly, Jayalalithaa came down heavily on the July 11 incident in which sitting Madras high court judge D Hariparanthaman was barred from entering TNCA Club for wearing a dhoti.

Calling the denial of entry "an act of insult to Tamil civilisation and culture", she warned such organisations of stringent action, including cancellation of their licences.

She also said the government would enact a new law to curb such practices.

The incident has triggered a controversy with almost all political parties condemning it.


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