Jan 10: A delegation of AIADMK MPs will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in New Delhi regarding the legalization of Jallikattu during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier on Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wrote a letter to PM urging him to circulate an ordinance to resume the sport on Pongal this year.
Panneerselvam in his letter said that taking in count the groundswell of sentiment and support for the conduct of Jallikattu all over Tamil Nadu, the government of India must act with maximum dispatch.
“Given that Pongal festival, which holds great importance to the people of Tamil Nadu, is less than a week away and Jallikattu is an integral part of the Pongal festivities, considering the urgency of the issue, Government of India should consider promulgating an ordinance removing the legal impediments, enabling the conduct of Jallikattu during Pongal, 2017,” he said in the letter.
The other demand was to “suitably amend Section 11(3) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 by introducing a new clause ‘f’ in sub-section (3) of Section 11 specifically exempting Jallikattu in addition to other exemptions already provided in the Act,” he said.
Supreme Court in 2014 banned the bullfighting sport with a view for animal welfare. In November last year, SC cancelled the petition of Tamil Nadu government which asserted to review of its judgment to ban the sport.