Jallikattu is back in Tamil Nadu after a three year long ban. It will be held across Tamil Nadu tomorrow. Governor Vidyasagar Rao has approved an ordinance by the state government which will allow the bull-taming sport to be held in Tamil Nadu.Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced it this evening.
The chief minister is now headed to Alanganallur in Madurai to inaugurate Jallikattu celebrations tomorrow. Thousands of people, who have been protesting at Chennai’s Marina beach since Tuesday evening, had said they will not disperse till the ban is officially lifted.
All Tamil Nadu ministers will inaugurate Jallikattu in their districts tomorrow at 11 am. The CM also said that “I urge the youths, students and the general public to make the Jallikattu events across Tamil Nadu a grand success by participating in large numbers.”
Mr Panneerselvam also said that the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 by Tamil Nadu was received last night.
He also said that “The assent for the ordinance (amending the PCA Act) has been obtained from Govenor also, our dream to conduct Jallikattu this year has come true.”
He also said that a draft Bill to replace the ordinance and amend the PCA Act paving the way for holding Jallikattu without any hindrance will be introduced and adopted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s session which begins on January 23.
The state government is also exploring legal avenues to ban animal rights organisation PETA in Tamil Nadu, which has lobbied against the festival. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had today said that all efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people.
He also said that “We are very proud of the rich culture of Tamil Nadu. Central Government is fully committed to the progress of Tamil Nadu and will always work to ensure the state scales new avenues of progress.
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to not deliver its verdict in the next week, as requested by the centre, which pointed out that a decision could create law and order problems. Jallikattu, which sees young men wrestling with a bull in an open field during the harvest festival of Pongal, was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.