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Bleaching action of chlorine is due to

A
Oxidation
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Reduction
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Hydrolysis
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D
Acidic nature
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Solution

The correct option is A Oxidation
Chlorine bleaches organic colouring matter in the presence of moisture. It is powerful bleaching agent. Its bleaching action is due to oxidation.

Cl2+H2O2HCl+[O]nascent oxygen
Nascent oxygen is a strong oxidizing agent resulting in bleaching.
Hence, option (a) is the correct.

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