Centre assures support to TN govt on Jallikattu ordinance

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Pressing for an ordinance for conducting the bull-taming sport Jallikattu, the ruling party AIADMK MPs on Friday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. According to the reports, he assured them that the Centre will take action so that the Tamil Nadu government could promulgate it in the next few days.

The MPs, led by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, requested the Home Minister to intervene to ensure promulgation of an ordinance to end the ban on the conduct of Jallikattu.

“The Home Minister has assured us that the file on ordinance will be processed as early as possible so that the ordinance can be promulgated in next two-three days,” Thambidurai told the press shortly after his meeting.

Tamil Nadu government is caught between the Supreme Court order banning Jallikattu and a massive protest across the state demanding the sport be allowed.

In a memorandum before the Central government, the AIADMK MPs said that the ban on Jallikattu is against the fundamental, religious and cultural rights of the people of Tamil Nadu, especially when such bulls and cows are treated as a part of their own family and are worshipped and no way they are being ill-treated.

“We request you to kindly intervene in the matter immediately to promulgate an ordinance lifting the ban on conduct of Jalikkattu, amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, de-notifying bulls from the notification of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to unable us to preserve our rich culture and tradition,” the memorandum said.

After discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and consultations with legal experts, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced this morning that the state government will amend a Central act on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to allow conduct of Jallikattu in the state with Centre’s backing.

In view of this, he urged protesters across the state to withdraw their agitation because of the likelihood of the bull taming sport to be held in a “day or two”.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the Union Home ministry is consulting the Union Law ministry over the issue of Tamil Nadu government’s ordinance on Jallikattu.

(Wth inputs from the PTI)