Green signal for jallikattu, TN CM Panneerselvam to inaugurate celebrations tomorrow
Jallikattu will now be officially held in Tamil Nadu after three years long ban by the Supreme Court
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam is likely to inaugurate the jallikattu tomorrow after Governor Vidyasagar Rao approved an ordinance by the state government that allowing the traditional bull-taming sport in the state.
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Reports said thousands of people, who have been protesting across the state for the last few days, are dispersing after the announcement.
The CM Panneerselvam is likely to inaugurate the jallikattu celebrations in Alanganallur, Madurai, while state ministers will reportedly inaugurate Jallikattu in their respective districts.
The ordinance that approved by TN governor is an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
A senior official said the amendment will be gazetted immediately and it has been prepared with a view that ensures survival and well-being of the native breed of bulls and preserving cultural traditions of Tamil Nadu, The Hindu reported.
Earlier, sending off the Jallikattu for President’s final nod, the Centre on Friday cleared the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to promulgate an ordinance to hold Jallikattu.
The ordinance has been cleared by the Home Ministry and the State government can promulgate it by introducing it either as a Bill in the Assembly or the State Cabinet can clear it. It doesn’t have to go to the President of India for his assent since his powers are vested with the Home Ministry,”an official said earlier.
CM Panneerselvam on Friday said that the State government will amend a Central act on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to allow conduct of jallikattu and requested the environment ministry to de-notify bulls from the prohibited category.
Environment Minister Anil Dave told media that Centre wanted a “permanent” solution to the Jallikattu issue and a final decision would be taken within a “day or two.”