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Directed efforts to hold jallikattu, says Sasikala Natarajan

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Published Jan 22, 2017, 2:51 am IST
Updated Jan 22, 2017, 2:52 am IST
AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan
 AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan

Chennai: As her party led government ensured conduct of jallikattu by issuing an ordinance, AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan on Saturday claimed she had directed the party and the government to make sustained efforts for the conduct of the bull taming sport.

The AIADMK government’s continuous efforts in the lines of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and the ‘dignified’ protests taken forward by young men and women had “reclaimed the bravery sport for us,” she said while appealing to the protesters to return to their education and other routine activities.

“I consider Tamils’ rights and sentiments as (my) two eyes. That is why I had earlier issued a statement in support of the students and young protesters. I made the government keep up sustained efforts for conduct of jallikattu,” she said.

Following this, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi while the party MPs had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, she said.

Sasikala also thanked Modi for “understanding the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and having supported” the state government’s efforts to ensure conduct of jallikattu. She said she was following the slogan “I am because of the people, I am for the people” by Jayalalithaa while the government was following the path laid down by the late Chief Minister.

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