Chennai: As Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao promulgated the ordinance on Saturday for lifting the ban on Jallikattu, people who have been protesting for the last six days across the state have sought a permanent solution to the issue.
The chief minister O.Panneerselvam, said that the sport will be held on Sunday. While the chief minister will flag off Jallikattu in Alanganallur on Sunday, state ministers will inaugurate in their respective districts.
The chief minister Panneerselvam in a statement thanked the centre for its support. “On behalf of the government and people of Tamil Nadu, thank you for your support in enabling Jallikattu to be held in Tamil Nadu once again during the Pongal season upholding the culture and tradition of the people of Tamil Nadu," he said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After passing the ordinance, as the government gears up with preparations for Jallikattu, people who have been protesting for six days have insisted for amendments in Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA) as the final solution.
Panneerselvam while talking to the reporters on Saturday said, “Ordinance on Jallikattu will be replaced by a bill soon and this is the permanent solution for the issue." “The government will introduce a draft bill to replace the Jallikattu ordinance and amend the PCA Act on Monday, when the state assembly’s first session begins," he added.
Despite the ordinance and preparations in Alanganallur, Madurai— famous for Jallikattu— protestors in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Thanjavur and other places across the state of Tamil Nadu insisted for final solution and stayed put.
“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," the chief minister said.
When Panneerselvam met Modi on Thursday in New Delhi seeking Centre’s intervention, the prime minister had indicated his government’s inability to promulgate an ordinance on allowing Jallikattu noting that the matter is sub-judice.