In a major turn of events since the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, Tamil Nadu is seeing strong protests against the ban of bull wrestling tradition of Jallikattu. Current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Pannerselvam met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to appraise him of the situation in Tamil Nadu and request his Government to pass a resolution to lift the ban on Jallikattu. The Prime Minister politely refused to do the same as the matter was still in court.
CM Pannerselvam is now consulting with his lawyers to pass an ordinance in order to bypass the Supreme Court’s overreach. The draft ordinance has been prepeared and sent to the Central Home Ministry for its approval. Once approved, it will then be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee and after his signature, the Governor of Tamil Nadu will have to promulgate it or issue an executive order. President Pranab Mukherjee is currently not in Delhi and hence the signing of this may take sometime.
The protests have attracted people from all walks of life like students, teachers, social activists, actors, farmers, politicians and professionals. Top actors from the Tamil film industry have pledged their support for the withdrawal of the ban. Oscar award winning maestro A R Rahaman tweeted that he would be fasting on Friday in support of the ban.