Jallikattu: DMK Calls Statewide Rail Roko Agitation Tomorrow In TN

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Chennai: Protests over the ban on the bull-taming continue to keep Tamil Nadu on the edge. While protests were seen across the state during the day, people took to Marina Beach with their mobile torchlights to mark their protest in the evening.

Amid the ongoing protests, DMK party today announced a statewide rail roko andolan on Friday. Earlier, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India said that it may take the legal route if the Centre brings an ordinance to enable the conduct of jallikattu.

“Our campaign is against cruelty towards all animals. We will consult our lawyers and take a decision if there is an ordinance,” said PETA spokesperson Manilal Valliyate Massive protests continued during the day in Tamil Nadu in support of jallikattu, the ancient and popular bull-taming sport. At Chennai’s Marina Beach, protesters sat through Wednesday night and on Thursday morning, demanding the lifting of the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu and action on animal rights group, PETA.

With several colleges declaring holiday in Chennai and in other parts of the state, the number of students to assemble at Marina is expected to go up today as protesters have rejected Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam’s appeal to end the protest.

Soon after Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan also met the PM over the issue. He said that bringing an Ordinance will actually be harmful for people of Tamil Nadu.

“We will also examine PETA funding,” Radhakrishnan said while responding to a question about AIADMK chief Sasikala saying that PETA should be thrown out.”

Mobile torchlight protest at Marina Beach over ban imposed on jallikattu. DMK announces statewide rail roko agitation tomorrow in TN, ask Centre to promulgated ordinance and condemn its inaction.

Animal Rights group PETA has said that it will take legal route if SC passes ordinance. Some reports say protesters have set a 5:00 pm deadline for the Tamil Nadu government to make an announcement in the matter

Protesters reject CM Panneerselvam’s appeal to end protests at Chennai Beach and other parts of the state.

I have been asking PM for his time to express the Tamil emotion and pass the ordinance ASAP but he asked me meet the Home Minister as he doesn’t have time. But I know this will not work so sat for agitation outside his residence to gain his attention: Ramadoss. “Jallikattu is an emotional issue today where more than 25- 30 lakh students are on streets today something which I have seen after half century,” says Ramadoss.

Former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and PMK chief also comes out in support of lifting the ban on jallikattu. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has refused to hear a plea which sought that the apex court should hear the matter pertaining to public protest at Marina Beach.

The Supreme Court has asked the petitioner to approach the concerned court in the matter.
Support for the sport, meanwhile, has been rising, with Viswanathan Anand becoming the latest personality to come in support of jallikattu. The chess great tweeted, “Jallikattu is a cultural symbol. Respect it. I am all for animal rights but here that is not the point.tradition & livelihood are.”

On Wednesday on the Marina, thousands of young men and women demanded not onlyan end to the ban on jallikattu but also a ban on People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which opposes the sport.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to press for promulgation of an Ordinance enabling the conduct of jallikattu. Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave has told India Today that the Centre may not bring any Ordinance on the matter when the decision on jallikattu is on final stages in the Supreme Court.

In jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the animal’s hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps by the bull. The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned jallikattu, saying that bulls cannot be used as performing animals including bullock-cart races.

Since then, people have been urging the central government to take steps to allow the sport. The common complaint among the protest leaders was that the Supreme Court had insulted the Tamil culture by disallowing the sport.

In Chennai, the demonstration began on Tuesday morning following the arrest of jallikattu protesters in Madurai district’s Alanganallur town well known for conducting the sport.
Thousands of youths who began their protest in Alanganallur on Monday were arrested a day later. Police housed the protesters — both men and women — at wedding halls. Angered by the arrests, villagers took to the streets.

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