Jallikattu in SC, but we support TN: PM

Jallikattu in SC, but we support TN: PM

Modi assures CM of resolving crisis

Jallikattu in SC, but we support TN: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told Chief Minister O Panneerselvam that the Jallikattu issue is sub-judice, and it is now up to the Supreme Court to take a final call on the matter.

Modi said he appreciated the cultural significance of Pongal and Jallikattu and the initiatives taken by the state government, adding that the Centre will join hands to resolve the issue.

As crowds continue to throng Chennai’s Marina Beach as a show of protest against the ban on Jallikattu, Panneerselvam met Modi at his residence to urge the Centre to promulgate an ordinance to allow the conduct of the bull-taming sport. The chief minister said that AIADMK chief V K Sasikala has also written to Modi, seeking the Centre’s ordinance. 

Panneerselvam later told reporters here that his government along with the Centre would soon take steps on how to bring back Jallikattu. “You will soon see the steps. Wait, good will happen,” he said.

Modi tweeted that he had told the chief minister that he appreciated the cultural significance of Jallikattu, but the case is in the Supreme Court. “The Centre would be supportive of the steps taken by the state government,” Modi said.

“He (Modi) said he respects the sentiments of the Tamil people on Jallikattu, but since the Supreme Court is yet to deliver a verdict, the Centre will support all steps taken by Tamil Nadu,” Panneerselvam said.

Meanwhile, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss sat on a dharna outside Modi's residence, seeking the ordinance to allow the smooth conduct of the event.

The chief minister also took up the drought situation in the state. “Modi has assured Chief Minister Panneerselvam that all possible assistance would be provided to the state to address the drought situation.

A central team would be deployed in Tamil Nadu,” read a statement from the prime minister’s office.