Jallikattu: AR Rahman on fast today as state govt prepares ordinance

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Tamil Nadu government on Friday said that it had prepared a draft ordinance against the ban on the famous bull-taming sports, Jallikattu, in the state.

Speaking to reporters, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that he had detailed discussions with constitutional experts regarding amendments to be enacted on Jalikattu law by the state. He urged the people gathered at Marina Beach to end their protests.

Panneerselvam, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said, ” Tamil Nadu government sent draft of amendment to MHA this morning. I believe draft would be approved in 1-2 days which will pave way for Jalikattu. 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.

“There are full chances that Jalikattu will be organised within 1-2 days, therefore we urge protesters to withdraw immediately.”

Meanwhile, Oscar winner music director, AR Rahman, said that he will be fasting in support of Jallikattu on Friday.

Taking to Twitter he said, “I’m fasting tomorrow to support the spirit of Tamil Nadu!”

The support for Jallikattu also came from spiritual leader, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who said that it was not a bull fight but all about embracing the bull.

He told ANI, “Not a bull fight, its embracing the bull. You should see how bull also loves the sport & engages itself.”

PM Modi, during his meeting with Panneerselvam had reportedly expressed his inability to bring in ordinance arguing that the matter was currently with the Supreme Court.

This, however, did not deter the thousands of people, who have been staging in silent protests in Chennai’s famous Marina Beach.


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