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Centre gives nod for Jallikattu ordinance

Centre gives nod for Jallikattu ordinance
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Moving swiftly, the Centre late in Friday night cleared an ordinance on Jallikattu, paving the way for Tamil Nadu government to promulgate it in an effort to end the protests that have paralysed the state for the last four days and a general strike that brought the state to a standstill on Friday.

Chennai/New Delhi: Moving swiftly, the Centre late in Friday night cleared an ordinance on Jallikattu, paving the way for Tamil Nadu government to promulgate it in an effort to end the protests that have paralysed the state for the last four days and a general strike that brought the state to a standstill on Friday.

Following up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the Ministries of Home, Law and Environment vetted the state's draft ordinance and cleared the amendment that will de-notify the bull from the list of "performing animals".

This will ensure that provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act will not apply to the bull.
The ordinance has been forwarded to the state government, a Home Ministry spokesman said. It has been sent without the need of referring it to the President of India.

The Tamil Nadu Cabinet is expected to meet on Saturday morning to clear the ordinance and recommend it to Governor Vidyasagar Rao for promulgation.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, is reaching Chennai on Saturday morning. Jallikattu bull-taming sport, an age-old annual event during Pongal is very popular in Tamil Nadu.

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