Chennai, January 19
Thousands of protesters, mostly students, continued their demand for the removal of the ban on Jallikattu – Tamil Nadu’s traditional bull taming sport – at Chennai’s Marina Beach.
The Beach has become a sea of youth, who performed bulls’ exhibition. They warned that they would not keep quite if their traditional festival is banned. They demanded a ban on animal rights body People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Two state ministers – Jayakumar and K Pandiarajan – held talks with the protesting students and extended their support. Cine actor Vijay also met the protestors at the beach and announced his support.
Central Minister Radhakrishnan said “It is not fair to criticize the Central government in Jallikattu issue. Modi government, though in favour of the game, could not do anything due to Supreme Court orders.” Meanwhile, Central Minister Prakash Javdekar assured the row over Jallikattu will subside soon.
Meanwhile, Madras High Court stated that it cannot interfere in the agitation going on in the State about the game, as the Supreme Court already issued stay in this regard.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneer Selvam requested the youth to withdraw their agitation, assuring them to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get a positive reply from him.
AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan sought the Central government to give an official announcement cancelling the ordinance that banned Jallikattu. She assured of taking care of legal issues to ban PETA.