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Stalin slams PM Modi on Jallikattu ban, leads DMK's statewide protests

He pressed the Centre to immediately promulgate an ordinance to hold the sport

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

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Jallikattu sport (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

In a scathing attack on Prime Minister over the 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 during Pongal.

working president and Opposition Leader M K Stalin, who pressed the Centre to immediately promulgate an ordinance to hold the sport and that should also press the Centre for it, said that "Tamils will not forgive" the two if such an urgent step was not taken.

Referring to the MPs from the state petitioning Prime Minister on the issue on Wednesday, asked if they could meet

"Whom does 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 who allots time for these actors, can't he give time to MPs to discuss an issue of heritage importance of Tamils," he said.

Stalin, who led DMK's state-wide protests from Chennai demanding be held this year, also questioned why could not meet the MPs a different date if he unable to meet them earlier.

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

The chief minister should have immediately met and discussed Jallikattu, said.

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 .. 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.

urged that the Centre should "dismiss" Animal Welfare Board of India for its strident stand against and said it should be replaced by a committee including a member from

Such a task would not be difficult for the government since it had even done away with the erstwhile Planning Commission, he said in an apparent reference to the formation NITI Aayog.

First Published: Fri, January 13 2017. 14:16 IST