Tamil Nadu on Thursday made a forceful appeal for an ordinance to skirt a ban on Jallikattu but Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained non-committal on the contentious issue, saying the matter was in the Supreme Court.
Chief minister O Panneerselvam rushed to Delhi as a wave of protests rocked the southern state with anger rising over the apex court’s ban on the ancient bull-taming sport.
“(I) gave a letter to PM saying that ban on Jallikattu must be lifted and Centre should draft an ordinance on it,” Panneerselvam told reporters after a meeting with Modi.
In a series of tweets, Modi also said the government acknowledged the “cultural significance” of Jallikattu but added the “matter is presently sub-judice”.
Panneerselvam also said the state government will “will soon take steps along with (the) Centre on how to enable Jallikattu”, a remark which was similar to one of Modi’s tweets.
“The Centre would be supportive of steps taken by the State Government,” Modi said. However, neither Modi nor Panneerselvam explained how they would override the apex court’s 2014 ban and its subsequent striking down of a Centre notification allowing the sport.