Madurai, Jan 22: After a three-year long ban, Jallikattu-the bull-taming sport will be held in Tamil Nadu today after Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday approved the Jallikattu ordinance by the state government. The ordinance allows Jallikattu to be held in Alanganallur and other areas of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will inaugurate Jallikattu at Alanganallur in Madurai at 10 am today. Alanganallur is the village that is famous for this rural sport. In other areas of the state, ministers from their respective regions will inaugurate the sport at 11 am.
Panneerselvam urged the youths, students and the general public to make Jallikattu events across Tamil Nadu a grand success by participating in large numbers. The demands of Tamilians are finally being met as their cultural sport of Jallikattu is going to be celebrated with great pomp across the state today. On Thursday, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting in New Delhi and discussed on a variety of topics, right from Jallikattu to drought probems in the state. The Centre too extended its assistance and said,
Protesters have been staging protests for the past five days today. However, despite the ordinance, many protesters said that they would not leave Marina Beach unless ban on Jallikattu is completely lifted. Protests paralysed the state for the past four days as supporters of Jallikattu thronged on streets to march against the Supreme Court’s ban on the bull-taming sport.
Panneerselvam said that the ordinance has been approved by President Pranab Mukherjee. He stated that the Chief Minister said the Bill to replace the ordinance and amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA) Act will be introduced and adopted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s session which begins on January 23. This bill will pave the way for holding Jallikattu without any hindrance.