Jallikattu row: Thambidurai seeks Rajnath's intervention

| Updated: Jan 20, 2017 23:17 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 20 (ANI): Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai on Friday said that he has requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene to ensure promulgation of an ordinance to end the ban on the conduct of Jallikattu. "We met the Home Minister and requested to seek that Tamil Nadu Government can bring an ordinance to remove the ban on Jallikattu and, therefore, we seek to bring an ordinance so that Jallikattu can be conducted immediately," he said. Thambidurai said that the Home Minister has assured the MPs delegation led by him that the file on ordinance will be processed as early as possible so that the ordinance can be promulgated in the next two-three days. The sea of protesters continued to swell on the Marina beach in Chennai for the fourth day on Friday as supporters of Jallikattu staged their protest. The Tamil Nadu Government has been repeatedly urging the Centre to issue an ordinance for the Jallikattu sport, which is held during the Tamil harvest festival Pongal. The Supreme Court, which had banned the sport in 2014, today agreed not to pass any interim order for a week. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar. "The Central Government and the state government are trying to solve the issue," Rohatgi told the apex court bench. The submissions, which were made to the court by the Centre, were accepted by the apex court. The apex court had earlier in its order banned Jallikattu by terming it as a 'cruelty' to the animal. Urging the protestors to end their protest, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has said that Jallikattu will return to the state in a couple of days through an ordinance or executive order that will be reviewed by President Pranab Mukherjee. (ANI)