Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on January 19 will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apprise him of the state government’s demand to take out a presidential ordinance so that Jallikattu is held later this month.
However, the central government, it is suspected, though would take a considerate view, it would still wait for the Supreme Court judgement in the case.
This apart, a resolution would also be adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly in support of lifting the SC 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 himself has gone to Delhi to apprise the PM about resolving the issue. Speaking to media persons, he said he would apprise Modi of the “sentiments” of the people of the state.
It may be noted that the entire state had witnessed voiced protests against the SC’s decision against Jallikattu.
“The state government is proceeding on the path set for us by our leader Jayalalithaa. We will take all legal help till we get justice,” he said.
As the protests spread across the state, the government was forced to reach out to the protesters. A police report alerted the government about a developing law and order situation, forcing the government to depute two senior ministers to discuss with the protesters.
But the talks failed as the protesters demanded an assurance that Jallikattu would be held this year — it is traditionally held in the second week of January. Hurried parleys were held wherein it was decided the CM meet them. Later, the CM said he met the protestors and heard their demands.
According to government officials, his plea for calling off the protests was, however, dismissed. The protests may continue on January 19 too.
Meanwhile, it was felt that a majority of the protesters were driven by Tamil pride and it was an opportunity to show their strength to the central government. Jallikattu was only a reason; the actual cause for was to voice their protest against the raw deal given to them vis-a-vis Caurvery river water deal.