Update: Supreme Court agrees to Centre’s request to not give its verdict on the banned Jallikattu at least for a week .Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumati that people of Tamil Nadu are “passionate” about Jallikattu and the Central government and the state are trying to resolve the issue.Hearing the AG’s brief submission, the bench said “Okay”.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Friday said a draft ordinance seeking an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs. There are full chances that Jalikattu will be organised within 1-2 days, therefore he urged the protesters to withdraw immediately.
He also mentioned that to take up the draft of the amendment further with the Union Govt, he has deputed senior officials of the state to work with Centre.
“I believe draft will be approved in one or two days which will pave the way for Jallikattu,” news agency ANI quoted Panneerselvam as saying.
The chief minister said he had detailed discussions with constitutional experts on the way forward, following which a decision was taken to send the amendment to the MHA for approval. “To take up the draft of the amendment further with the Union government, I have deputed senior officials of the state to work with Centre.” Media reports that the Tamil Nadu government will pass an ordinance after getting the amendment approved by President Pranab Mukherjee.
On Thursday, Panneerselvam met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the Centre to pass an ordinance, but the Prime Minister said the issue was sub-judice and the government could not interfere. He, however, assured the Tamil Nadu government of all support should the state government take any decision in favour of Jallikattu.
However, the protestors said that they will not leave Marina beach till the ordinance is passed. Large crowds are witnessed this morning.
DMK workers broke barricades while protesting in Chennai’s Mambalam on Friday. Members of South Indian Artists association, Nadigar Sangam to come out in support of Jallikattu, AR Rahman to also remain present.
Schools will also remain closed in support of Jallikattu.