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Jallikattu Matter Is Sub-Judice, PM Modi Tells Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam

"The Centre would be supportive of steps taken by the State Government."

19/01/2017 11:57 AM IST | Updated 19/01/2017 12:42 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek promulgation of an ordinance to allow Jallikattu amid wide protests in his state against the ban on the annual bull taming sport.

Panneerselvam met with Modi at his residence soon after his arrival. However, Modi asserted that the matter was sub-judice.

"The ban imposed on Jallikattu by the Supreme Court came up for discussion. While appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is presently sub-judice," the Prime Minister's Office said in a series of tweets.

"The Centre would be supportive of steps taken by the State Government," it added.

The Chief Minister had on Wednesday night said that all possible legal means would be explored to ensure justice for the state on the issue even as he maintained that it should not be construed that the Centre was "ignoring" the state on the matter.

Meanwhile, a group of youngsters protested outside the Tamil Nadu house here against the ban on Jallikattu.

Actor Vishal is also expected to hold a protest on the issue at Jantar Mantar. Thousands of students had yesterday protested against the ban in Tamil Nadu.

Faced with mounting anger on the streets, the Chief Minister had decided to meet the Prime Minister.

AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala had also lent her support to the agitation and demanded that the Centre come out with an ordinance allowing the sport.

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