Jallikattu: CM Panneerselvam sends ordinance to HM, appeals to students to end the protests
| Updated On: 2017-01-20 04:21:50.0 | Location :
Yesterday, PM Modi said the matter was sub-judice and hence, the Centre cannot introduce an ordinance, the Attorney General suggested a way forward to the CM.
A day after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has sent in a draft ordinance to bypass the Supreme Court-imposed ban on Jallikattu and treat it as a traditional sport. He appealed to the students to end the protests as the solution has reached now.
According to the reports, CM said that his government has sent a draft ordinance to the Centre, which has to be signed by President Pranab Mukherjee. With the ordinance, the bull-taming festival Jallikattu would be treated as a traditional sport, which is a state subject.
Yesterday, PM Modi said the matter was sub-judice and hence, the Centre cannot introduce an ordinance, the Attorney General suggested a way forward to the CM. Speaking to NDTV, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that Tamil Nadu has the power to enact or make a law to treat Jallikattu as a traditional sport, which is exclusively a state subject.
CM Panneerselvam stayed back in New Delhi yesterday to get a legal opinion on his options as a protest by thousands of people at Chennai's famous Marina Beach entered its fourth day today. He appealed to the people on Marina Beach, and across the state, to end their protest now that a solution has been reached.
AIADMK lawmakers will also meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh at noon today to discuss the situation on ground at Tamil Nadu's famous Marina beach where thousands have gathered to protest a ban on bull-taming festival Jallikattu. While the private schools and colleges remain closed today as well, traders associations and lawyers have also decided to join in the protests,
The Chennai protests, completely peaceful so far, are set to escalate on Friday with film stars, transporters, traders and lawyers joining it. Businesses, cinemas and schools will be closed on Friday and buses, autorickshaws and taxis will be off the roads.
The Chennai protesters say they will not leave the Marina Beach till the government announces how it will ensure that the Jallikattu ban is lifted. Many have spent the last two days at the beach and the crowds grew all through the day on Thursday.
This comes after Supreme Court banned the sport in 2014, and revoked the Centre's bill which legalised Jallikattu recently on PETA's appeal. PETA has said that bull-taming is atrocious and harmful to bulls, while the protesters are saying that the sport is traditional and is not harmful in any way.