He reiterated that there was no ban following the promulgation of the ordinance and said the ordinance would be replaced by a law after bringing in a bill in the Assembly session, beginning at Chennai on Monday.
Media reports suggested that Jallikattu would be held in the Rappusal village of Puddukottai district with over 40 bulls expected to run in the event. "We have gathered here for the protection of Tamil culture and its rich heritage", advocate Mayilsamy, a Supreme Court lawyer, who was among the protesters told PTI. The ordinance was promulgated by the state government.
The growing protests prompted Tamil Nadu's chief minister to travel to Delhi to ask Mr Modi to overturn the ban, which he did late on Friday. In fact, many protestors have been calling for a ban on PETA because of the rights group's myopic stance on animal rights - it has never filed any petition against goat or sheep slaughter during Bakr-i-Eid. That's the other commitment we have made and we will work towards it. Panneerselvam is, however, holding talks with the chief secretary in a bid to arrange a final talk with protesters.
He said the ordinance would be forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee. "Central Govt conscious of the position", said Rohatgi. Last year, the Centre allowed the sport, but that decision has been challenged in the top court. Before that we need to enact a legislation notifying the amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty Act (which is in the concurrent list).
Bowing down to the huge pressure mounted by a sea of protesters against the ban on Tamil Nadu's cultural sport Jallikattu, the Centre has cleared the ordinance on Jallikattu.
Chennai: Taking the first big step towards ending the "Tamil Spring", the Tamil Nadu Government on Saturday promulgated an ordinance facilitating the conduct of jallikattu, the ancient bull-taming sport.
Stalin pointed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that the Centre will render all assistance to the state government on the Jallikattu issue.
Thousands across Tamil Nadu came out on the streets calling for the revocation of the ban.
The entire area in and around Marina was abuzz with hordes of men, women and children shouting slogans, seeking nod for the bull-taming sport.