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Jallikattu Ban: Tamil Nadu Government Sends Law Amendment Draft To Centre

"There are full chances that Jallikattu will be organised within 1-2 days."

20/01/2017 9:14 AM IST | Updated 20/01/2017 11:40 AM IST
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Jallikattu supporters during the protest March against Jallikattu ban at Jantar-Mantar on January 19, 2017 in New Delhi, India.

The Tamil Nadu government sent a draft for amendments in Jallikattu law to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday in a last-minute bid to include the banned bull-taming sport in the state Pongal celebrations.

"Tamil Nadu government sent draft of amendment to MHA this morning," state chief minister O Panneerselvam told journalists on Friday. "I believe draft would be approved in 1-2 days which will pave way for Jalikattu."

The CM said he had "detailed discussion with constitutional experts regarding amendments to be enacted on Jallikattu law by the state" and that he had deputed senior officials from the state government to take up the amendment draft with the Centre.

"There are full chances that Jallikattu will be organised within 1-2 days, therefore we urge protesters to withdraw immediately," he said.

According to reports, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the Jallikattu matter before the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar, asking that the judgement should be deferred till next week as Union and state governments are trying to "solve the issue", reported ANI.

Meanwhile, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party including union minister Pon Radhakrishnan and the party's Tamil Nadu unit president Thamizhisai Soundarrajan, along with Tamil Nadu Jallikattu association office bearers to meet, are expected to meet Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Dave on Friday.

Earlier reports indicated that the Tamil Nadu government was planning a 'surgical strike' on Friday to temporarily bypass the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu. The state government had been reportedly advised by AG Rohatgi that it could enact a law where it could treat jallikattu as a traditional sport.

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