How O Panneerselvam has turned hero with Jallikattu ordinance

After all the controversy, Jallikattu has returned to Tamil Nadu on Sunday. The much-needed Jallikattu ordinance had been issued for conducting the bull taming sport, amid protests at Marina beach in Chennai in support of the sport.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam received Governor Vidyasagar Rao’s approval for the Jallikattu ordinance, after which he flew to Madurai. The Jallikattu 2017 event was inaugurated on Sunday morning in Alanganallur, the main centre where the sport has been held traditionally.

In Madurai, District Collector Veera Raghav Rao visited Alanganallur and informed reporters that around 350 bulls will participate in the flagship event. Earlier, Panneerselvam had announced following the Jallikattu ordinance, the traditional Tamil Nadu bull taming contest will be launched in Alanganallur at 10:00 AM on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jallikattu ordinance

Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jallikattu ordinance. Photo courtesy of Tamil Nadu CMO.

The Tamil Nadu CM also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support, “I urge the youths, students and the general public to make the Jallikattu events across Tamil Nadu a grand success by participating in large numbers,” the chief minister was quoted as saying in media reports.

According to Panneerselvam, the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 by Tamil Nadu was received on Friday night, “The assent for the ordinance (amending the PCA Act). Our dream to conduct Jallikattu this year has come true,” he added.

Panneerselvam also said that he has written a letter to Prime Minister Modi, thanking him for his support. “On behalf of the Government and people of Tamil Nadu, I thank you for all your support and assistance in enabling Jallikattu to be held in Tamil Nadu once again during the Pongal season upholding the culture and tradition of the people of Tamil Nadu,” the letter read.

Following his meeting with the Tamil Nadu CM on the Jallikattu ordinance, Narendra Modi had earlier tweeted, “We are very proud of the rich culture of Tamil Nadu. All efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people.”

It may be recalled that Jallikattu was banned in Tamil Nadu following a Supreme Court order in May 2014.

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