Protesters demand permanent solution, Jallikattu called off in Madurai

Raj Kamal Rao

With the protesters picketing the venue of the Jallikattu event at Alanganallur in Madurai district on Sunday, the Tamil Nadu government is mulling over the feasibility of shifting it to a more suitable spot at Kovilpatti in dindigul district.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who was scheduled to inaugurate Jallikattu in Madurai at 10 am on Sunday cancelled his visit after he received massive protests.

It has also filed a caveat in Supreme Court following promulgation of the ordinance allowing Jallikattu in the state on Saturday.

Students gathering to protest against Union Government and against the ban on Jallikattu, in Coimbatore on Wednesday, 17 January 2017.

Students gathering to protest against Union Government and against the ban on Jallikattu, in Coimbatore on Wednesday, 17 January 2017.

Dismissing claims that the Jallikattu ordinance was a temporary way out, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today said it (ordinance) was towards ensuring a permanent solution.

Speaking to reporters at Chennai Airport before leaving for Madurai, he said, “This (ordinance) is the permanent solution for holding Jallikattu.”

Panneerselvam was responding to a query on the claims of protesters that the ordinance was not a permanent solution.

Though the ordinance was valid for 6 months, the Chief Minister said a bill will be introduced in the state assembly and it will be adopted replacing the ordinance.

Through the amendment Act, the hindrance for holding the bull-taming sport will be removed permanently, he added.

He also said Jallikattu would definitely be held at Alanganallur village, tomorrow.

“Jallikattu will be held tomorrow. The bulls will dash (into the arena ),” he said.

New Delhi : Prime Minister,Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O. Panneerselvam during their meeting  in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo

New Delhi : Prime Minister,Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O. Panneerselvam during their meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo

Later, arriving in Madurai, Panneerselvam said, “The people wanted the ban on Jallikattu to be lifted and that has been done through an ordinance, and the sport would be held tomorrow.”

The Chief Minister will inaugurate Jallikattu at Alanganallur, famous for conducting the rural sport, at 10 AM.

In an official release, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao said that he was satisfied that an ordinance was the most appropriate route to bring back Jallikattu in the wake of massive protests across the state seeking nod for holding the event.