Chennai, January 20
The Jallikattu row is grabbing the public imagination and protests are rising across Tamil Nadu with people demanding the ban on this traditional sport be lifted.
Chennai’s Marina beach was filled with thousands of people and the number of supporters for Jallikattu is increasing with each day. Protests against the ban started from Sankranti festival and are still continuing. In fact they are getting aggravated with celebrities also raising their voice in support of the Jallikattu game.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneer Selvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to bring an ordinance for organizing Jallikattu sport. He submitted a memorandum in this regard.
But the Prime Minister Office (PMO) stated that it cannot take any decision since the issue is in Supreme Court limits. A central committee will tour Tamil Nadu State to assess the situation and assured to cooperate with the State government since Jallikattu is an integral part of Tamilians’ culture.
Meanwhile, several film personalities are coming to the beach and extending their support to the agitation. Movie shootings were stalled.
Noted music composer A R Rehman announced of launching one day hunger strike.
Chennai youth gave a call for State-wide bandh on Friday. All educational institutions, offices, business centres have been closed voluntarily. Bus services in Chennai city are also stopped in support of Jallikattu row agitation.