Jal­likattu gets TN, Cen­tre nod, over to the Pres­i­dent

Pro­test­ers in Chen­nai say they won’t budge till ban is lifted

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha, Jayanth Ja­cob and KV Lak­sh­mana

NEW DELHI/CHEN­NAI: Jal­likattu is two steps away from be­ing a le­gal sport again as the Cen­tre cleared on Fri­day the Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment’s or­di­nance to skirt a court ban and sent it to the Pres­i­dent for his as­sent.

The state’s act­ing gov­er­nor, C Vidyasagar Rao, will pro­mul­gate the or­di­nance once Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee gave his ap­proval, which can hap­pen any­time in the next 24 hours.

The decks were cleared for a de­cree af­ter two days of hy­per­ac­tive gov­ern­ment con­sul­ta­tions, amid grow­ing anger and protests in the south­ern state over re­stric­tions to hold its tra­di­tional and pop­u­lar bull-tam­ing sport.

“To­mor­row or the day af­ter to­mor­row, the joy­ous news will come. For sure, Jal­likattu will be held in Tamil Nadu,” said chief min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam, who had dashed to New Delhi af­ter promis­ing pro­test­ers back home thathe­would­per­suade­theCen­tre for an or­di­nance.

The or­di­nance will be pro­mul­gated to amend the 57-year-old Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Act, the law the Supreme Court cited to ban Jal­likattu in 2014, say­ing it amounted to cru­elty to the bulls.

Sec­tion 28 of this law al­lows killing of any an­i­mal in a man­ner re­quired by a com­mu­nity’s re­li­gion. Of­fi­cial sources said this sec­tion could be amended to al­low bull-tam­ing for cul­tural rea­sons.

PTI PHOTO

Protestors stage a rail roko at the Mam­balam sta­tion in Chen­nai to de­mand lift­ing of the ban on Jal­likattu, on Fri­day. Demon­stra­tions were wit­nessed across Tamil Nadu for the fourth con­sec­u­tive day.

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