New Delhi, Jan 20, 2017: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday said the state government would promulgate an ordinance to conduct Jallikattu, the ancient bull taming sport.
Addressing the media, Panneerselvam said “He had detailed discussion with constitutional experts regarding amendments to be enacted on Jalikattu law by the state. We urge protesters to withdraw their protest immediately.”
The Chief Minister said, “The Tamil Nadu government sent a draft of the amendment to Home ministry this morning. I believe the draft would be approved in one or two days, which will pave way for Jalikattu. To take up the draft of the amendment further with the Union Government, I have deputed senior officials of the state to work with Centre.”
“There are full chances that Jalikattu will be organised within 1-2 days, therefore we urge protesters to withdraw immediately,” he added.
The amendment was drafted on Thursday and sent to the central government on Friday morning.
The ordinance would then be forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee. After the President’s approval, the ordinance would be sent to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.
Once the Governor approves it, the ordinance would be promulgated following which Jallikattu can be held in the state.
On Thursday, he also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and urged him to promulgate the ordinance.
While in response, the PM said that the entire issue of Jallikattu is sub-judice and it is now up to the Supreme Court to take a final call on the matter.
Meanwhile, PM Modi also appreciated the cultural festival Pongal and Jallikattu and the initiatives taken by the state government, adding that the Centre will join hands to resolve the issue.
However, massive protests across Tamil Nadu in support of traditional festival Jallikattu intensified on Friday with traders downing their shutters, taxi, auto-rickshaw and truck operators staying off the roads.
The DMK party has announced to hold protests on rail tracks which prompted the Southern Railway to cancel four trains and partial operation of few others.