Chennai: Jallikattu issue is all set to change the whole socio-political landscape in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK government is trying to tackle the issue in the best possible way. Nonetheless there are people who believe that the party leadership, in the absence of Jayalalithaa’s all encompassing personality may be finding it a little difficult to deal with hit.
It is the test by fire of the new party leadership, so early after the death of charismatic jayalalithaa.
Several lakh protesters are at Marina Beach in Chennai right now. These youth and not so young protesters are there for the last several days, asking the Jallikattu tradition to be continued. The chief minister, who has been claiming that a solution was in sight has already met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Legal luminaries, in the meantime have said that the easiest way to come out of the issue is through an ordinance. Former Supreme Court judge Justice Katju has said that the Modi government can do it through
In the meantime the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to the Union government’s request not to pass a judgment on the raging issue for a week. The decision was taken in order to prevent further unrest in the state. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi pleaded the apex court to “hold back” judgment on Jallikattu since final order in any case might inflame more passion.
In the meantime opposition parties have joined hands with protesters. To bring the entire state to a standstill the main opposition party DMK workers held a ‘rail roko’ protest earlier in the day while showing their solidarity in favour of the traditional bull-taming sport. DMK party cadres halted a train at Mambalam railway station with party leader MK Stalin spearheading the uprising.
The arrest of the party acting chief by the police further infuriated the party cadre and they were mollified only when he was released a short while later. State chief minister O Panneerselvam who is under tremendous pressure to solve the issue informed the media that a draft ordinance seeking an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs, urging protesters to withdraw from Marina beach, the main protest site where hundreds of thousands of people are camping.