Jallikattu row: Centre supports Tamil Nadu, but ball in SC court, says Modi

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on January 19.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on January 19.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on January 19 called on PM Narendra Modi at his official residence and demanded proclamation of an ordinance for allowing Jallikattu events in Tamil Nadu.

Noting the cultural importance of the bull-taming sport, Modi said the matter was sub-judice and though the Centre fully supported the state government it would be in a position to do something once the final decision was out.

Panneerselvam, said the state will soon take steps to enable holding of Jallikattu events with support from the Centre. “We will take steps with the backing of the Centre. Wait and watch,” he told reporters after the meeting.

While this was so, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founder of Art of Living came out in support of Jallikattu and said that people’s sentiments should not be trampled with. He was speaking in support of Tamil Nadu and the bull-taming sport. Pongal is an important festival for Tamil Nadu. He said the SC ban againast does not make it a progressive law making.

Refusing to hear a PIL filed by lawyer Raja Raman, who said the court hear the matter of public outcry in Marina beach, an SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar asked him to come through proper channels and file the plea in Madras High Court.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly adopted a resolution in support of lifting the Supreme Court ban on the traditional bull-taming sport. Initially, the plan was to send a delegation of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to meet Modi, but looking at the gravity of the issue, Pannerselvam went to Delhi to apprise the PM about urgent need to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, protests in support of Jallikattu continued in many parts of Tamil Nadu, including Alanganallur, the hotbed of Jallikattu events, on the third consecutive day on January 19. Thousands of protesters, undeterred by the CM’s call, remained steadfast on their demand to continue the stir till they got a positive response on it.