Ordinance promulgated to revive Jallikattu, TN CM to inaugurate
Chennai: Conceding the demand of the Tamil Nadu people, the government on Saturday promulgated an ordinance to revive Jallikattu, bull-taming sport, banned by the Supreme Court two years back.
Earlier, it was approved by the Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao. The promulgation follows a long protest by the state people which were joined by thousands at the Marina beach. In view of the large support to the cultural event, the government was forced to accept the demand.
It had also got the support of Central government, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will inaugurate the Jallikattu celebrations on Sunday. Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.
“Ordinance promulgated by Tamil Nadu government, Jallikattu will be celebrated with customary fervor with all necessary safeguards,” said TN CM.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, TN Chief Minister said, “On behalf of government and people of TN, thank you PM Modi for your support in enabling Jallikattu to be held in Tamil Nadu once again.”
“This ordinance has been brought in with the support of Centre, PM continously supported our cause. Since ordinance will last for 6 months, in coming assembly session will formulate new law so Jallikattu takes place without hindrance,” he added.
Congratulating the people of the state, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said that it will be after a long gap of two years the people of TN will celebrate Jallikattu. He also thanked Prime Minister of India for the same.
Jallikattu is celebrated across Tamil Nadu as part of Pongal celebrations. Considering the safety of public and animals, apex court had banned the sport two years back.