Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the winter session of Parliament or convene a special session, so as to pass a bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act.
Amid the growing chorus for holding the banned bull-taming sport Jallikattu in January, the Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre to take the matter up immediately so the sport can be held during Pongal next month.
Jayalalithaa, in a letter to PM Modi wrote:
“May I request that the Parliament session be extended or a special session called for introducing a bill to comprehensively and suitably amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 so that jalllikattu can be conducted during Pongal. Alternatively, considering the urgency of the issue, the Government of India may consider promulgating an ordinance enabling the conduct of jallikattu during Pongal. On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, I urge you to have the ordinance promulgated expeditiously.”
The chief minister then went on to explain the importance of holding the tradition of Jallikattu for the state and even reminded Modi about the memorandum she had presented to him on August 7.
She said the sport means a lot for the people of the state and how the inability to conduct it has caused disappointment and resentment among the people.
Earlier this year, actor Kamal Haasan, had also batted for the tradition of Jallikattu, and strongly advocated that it was ‘tradition’ that needed to restart in Tamil Nadu.
He had made it clear that Jallikattu, should not be confused with bull-fighting in Spain, where they would hurt the animal and it would die.
He had further stated that in Tamil Nadu, bulls were treated like God and were part of the family.