With the Centre clearing decks for the Ordinance brought in by the Tamil Nadu government to allow culturally-significant Jallikattu sport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said all efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of the people of Tamil Nadu.
“We are very proud of the rich culture of Tamil Nadu. All efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people,” he tweeted.
The Prime Minister also added that the central government is fully committed to the progress of Tamil Nadu and will always work to ensure the state scales new avenues of progress.
His statement came a day after the Centre, moving swiftly, cleared a draft ordinance to allow jallikattu, paving the way for Tamil Nadu to promulgate it to end the widespread protests that have paralysed the state for last five days.
The Union ministries of Home, Law and Environment cleared the ordinance last night.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam had met the Prime Minister day before yesterday to seek ordinance. Tamil Nadu is seeing a wide protest demanding the state government’s intervention into the issue to allow the sport, which is seen more from the socio-cultural perspective.
The matter regarding the lifting of ban on Jallikattu is pending in the Supreme Court, which had in 2014 ordered that bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country.
Though the Centre had last year issued a notification lifting the ban on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, the notification was stayed by the apex court after it was challenged by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.
With the protest across Tamil Nadu only growing, the Central government on Friday cleared an ordinance on Jallikattu, paving the way for Tamil Nadu government to promulgate it in an effort to end the protests that have paralysed the state for the last four days.
The ministries of Home, Law and Environment vetted the state’s draft ordinance and cleared the amendment that will denotify the bull from the list of “performing animals”. This will ensure that provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act will not apply to the bull.
The ordinance has been forwarded to the state government, a Home Ministry spokesman said. It has been sent without the need of referring it to the President of India, as per the reports.
(With inputs from the PTI)