TN Assembly passes bill to end Jallikattu ban

jallikattu-cm-meets-modi (File) Jallikattu

Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday unanimously passed the Jallikattu bill that sought to lift the ban on the sport. It was introduced by Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam.

"The unprecedented and spontaneous outpouring of emotion and sentiment in a completely orderly and peaceful manner by lakhs of youth, supported by common people across the state, has received the solidarity of Tamil people across the globe to conduct Jallikatu and preserve Tamil cultural heritage," Governor Vidyasagar Rao had said. 

The traditional sport, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, was organised in several parts of the state on Sunday, following promulgation of an ordinance on Saturday for conducting the sport.

The state government, after receiving Centre's assurance on its support for efforts to conduct the sport, had followed the constitutional route and issued an ordinance, amending the relevant provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. 

Meanwhile, massive protests had been held across the state in support of the sport. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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