CHENNAI: Seizing the momentum arising out of the raging protests and given the gravity of the emerging situation, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has informed that he would meet the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Thursday to press for promulgating an ordinance enabling the conduct of Jallikattu and appealed to the agitating students and youth to give up the stir.
“I am going to meet Prime Minister on January 19, in New Delhi to prevail upon him to promulgate an ordinance immediately so that it can enable Jallikattu to be held,” he said in a statement released here on Wednesday.
Acknowledging the spontaneous stir launched at several places in the State, he said the agitations aimed at upholding our rights, protecting the tradition and vent the ire were a manifestation of our sentiments.
Promising that the state government would continue to take all the necessary efforts to ensure the holding of Jallikattu, Panneerselvam appealed to the protesters to give up the stir.
Recalling the long battle waged by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, he said the government’s counsel had put forth effective arguments before the Supreme Court on the petitions filed by Compassion Unlimited Plus Action and the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, India, and Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations contesting the notification issued by the Centre on January 7, 2016.