NEW DELHI: Amid continued protests from different parts of the Tamil Nadu state, the Chief Minister Mr. Panneerselvam who had been in the Indian capital city meeting top central ministers since the last two days, announced that the traditional sport of Jallikattu will be held in two days with the help of a state ordinance promulgated by the Governor on the direction of the President. The chief minister also requested the agitators to maintain peace and allow for the transport facilities to restart, while assuring of an end to the Jallikattu issue.
“I request the pro-Jallikattu protesters to maintain peace and call off their strike as a solution to this issue has been found and is under the process to get implemented. I have directed the government officials to stay and complete the draft ordinance within time and send it to the State Home Ministry for its nod”, Chief Minister Panneerselvam said.
“With the recommendation of the Centre, the President of India will give his nod to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, at the state level to allow for the conduct of Jallikattu sport. The state governor will promulgate an ordinance to this effect after the due process and I assure the residents of Tamil Nadu that the sport of Jallikattu will be held in two days”, he added.
Mr. Panneerselvam was confident that the Centre will recommend the State ordinance to the President given the earlier announcement from the Indian Prime Minister that the Central government will support Tamil Nadu in every possible way.
Despite a positive announcement from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, the agitators seem to have been not satisfied and hesitated to call off the strike. Sources said that the agitators demanded a permanent solution to this problem rather than a temporary ordinance. With this, the protesters at Marina Beach will continue their protest for the third straight day in the cold breeze of winter.
On the other hand, schools and other educational institutions were closed due to a bandh call, given by the Trade unions affecting the transport. There were hardly any buses on the roads as trade unions united. Hotels and other commercial shops were also closed in line with the protests.
Adding weight to it, workers from the DMK party have been protesting by blocking trains and thereby, causing a major issue in the smooth functioning of the Indian Railways, the Times of India reports.