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In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Jallikattu issue, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday charged that he had time to meet actors and others but not the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MPs who wanted to discuss about holding the banned bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu during Pongal.
DMK working president and Opposition Leader M K Stalin, who pressed the Centre to immediately promulgate an ordinance to hold the sport and that AIADMK should also press the Centre for it, said that "Tamils will not forgive" the two if such an urgent step was not taken.
"Whom does Modi meet. Those known to him, including those from the cinema world, and immediately gives appointment to them. He has met actors including Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Rajinikanth and Gautami. I am not criticising them, for they have their own pride. But, for Modi who allots time for these actors, can't he give time to AIADMK MPs to discuss an issue of heritage importance of Tamils," he said.
Hitting out at the ruling AIADMK, he said Chief Minister O Panneerslevam should have left to Delhi from Hyderabad on Thursday, where he had gone for talks over the Krishna water-sharing with his Andhra counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu after the Supreme Court declined to pass an order on Jallikattu.
Reiterating his demand for an ordinance on the matter, he said it was not new for the Centre to do so, as the present ruling dispensation at the Centre itself had brought 22 such ones, including for the NDA's controversial Land Acquisition Act.
"It is not too late, still a day is left for Pongal. Centre can promulgate an ordinance for the conduct of jallikattu... I humbly and rightfully ask on behalf of Tamils, bring and ordinance, else the people will not forgive Centre and state government," he said.
Since the first government post independence, Centre has so far promulgated over 600 ordinances on various issues, he added.
Such a task would not be difficult for the Modi government since it had even done away with the erstwhile Planning Commission, he said in an apparent reference to the formation NITI Aayog.