On Thursday morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi told visiting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam that the Jallikattu matter was sub-judice in the Supreme Court, hinting clearly that the Centre will not promulgate an ordinance on allowing the bull-taming sport in the state.
However, the Prime Minister did acknowledge the cultural significance of the bull-taming sport in the state and said that “the Centre would be supportive of the steps taken by the state government.”
After the meeting the chief minister said that state government will take steps so that Jallikattu can be held.
“We will take steps with the backing of the Centre. You will soon see (the steps). Wait, good will happen,” Panneerselvam told reporters.
The chief minister rushed to the capital, just days after Pongal, as thousands of people, primarily students, have been protesting across Tamil Nadu to demand that the ban on the sport be revoked.
“While appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is at present sub-judice,” the PMO said after the meeting with the CM.
The protests in Tamil Nadu have been spreading like wildfire for the past three days. Several colleges have voluntarily shut down so that the students can participate in the mass movement.
Animal rights organisation PeTA, which had moved the Supreme Court against holding of the sport, was the target of attack by protesters who demanded that it should be wound up.
Panneerselvam was very keen that the Centre intervenes to promulgate an ordinance on the matter.
“We should not construe that the Centre is ignoring Tamil Nadu on this issue,” he had alleged ahead of leaving for Delhi.
He had also said that all possible legal means would be taken to ensure justice for the state in bringing back Jallikattu.
He recalled that his predecessor and late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had advocated cordial ties between the Centre and the state government even while battling and ensuring Tamil Nadu’s rights were upheld on many issues.
“The (state) government is walking the path of Amma (Jayalalithaa). We will take all legal measures till we get justice in the Jallikattu issue,” he had said on Wednesday.
(With inputs from PTI)