Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao has approved an ordinance by the state government which will allow Jallikattu to be held across the state on Sunday. Chief minister O Panneerselvam and other ministers will be inaugurating the event at their respective districts, said AIADMK.
A draft ordinance that the state government sent to the Union home ministry on Friday was cleared by the law and environment ministries. Since the ordinance’s validity lasts only for six months, a new law will be formulated in the state assembly session so the traditional bull-taming sport can be held without any hindrances, said CM Panneerselvam.
Protesters at Marina beach in Chennai greeted the announcement on the ordinance with loud cheers and claps. But declared that they won’t budge until a formal order is out and court lifted the ban.
5.50 pm: The ordinance has been brought in with the support of the Centre and the Prime Minister continuously supported our cause, says Pannerselvam.
5.40 pm: On the approval of the Jallikattu ordinance, Congress’ Salman Khurshid tells ANI, “This will not resolve the problem, there has to be a long-term solution.”
5.25 pm: AIADMK general secretary Sasikala thanks PM Modi for ensuring the conduct of Jallikattu.
5.15 pm: Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam says that Governor Vidyasagar approves the ordinance. The bill to replace Jallikattu ordinance is set to be tabled in Tamil Nadu state assembly on January 23, when the first day of the session is scheduled to begin.
5.10 pm: AIADMK’s official handle tweets that all Tamil Nadu state ministers will inaugurate Jallikattu in their respective districts on Sunday. O Panneerselvam will inaugurate an event at 10 am in Alanganallur district on Sunday.