New Delhi, Jan 18, 2017: Amid protest against the Supreme Court’s ban on Jalikattu, Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to issue an ordinance for the conduct of the traditional bull-taming sport.
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.
Sources at the PMO said that PM Modi 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.
Panneerselvam had earlier told media at the airport that he would apprise the prime minister of the sentiments and aspirations attached to the sport.
According to media, he said that “The (state) government is walking the path of Amma (Jayalalithaa). We will take all legal measures till we get justice in the Jallikattu issue.” He also added that “We should not construe that the Centre is ignoring Tamil Nadu on this issue.”
The ruling AIADMK said that a resolution would be passed in the state assembly demanding a lifting of the ban on Jallikattu and barring of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals), which has resisted the conduct of the sport citing cruelty to bulls.
The SC in May 2014 banned Jallikattu, saying that bulls cannot be used as performing animals including bullock-cart races.
Since then, people have been urging the central government to take steps to allow the sport.
In Tamil Nadu, the protests began on Tuesday morning following the arrest of protesters in Madurai district’s Alanganallur town well known for conducting the sport.
Protests also continued in Chennai’s Marina beach.
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