Protests continue over Jallikattu in TN, Panneerselvam meets Modi
For the third day today, the protests by the students and youths, which has turned into a mass movement across Tamil Nadu demanding lifting the ban on Jallikattu continued non-stop, even as Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi and urged him to promulgate an immediate Ordinance to conduct the bull taming sport.
After the meeting, Modi tweeted ''while appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is presently sub-judice''. He also said the Centre would be supportive of steps taken by the State Government. As the protests continued, more than 75,000 people have congregated on the sands of Marina, where people cutting across all barriers, students and youths, women and children, IT professionals and advocates and those from the film fraternity,
were protesting against the Centre's failure to take steps to hold Jallkiattu, which could not be held for the third successive year during pongal festival.
Braving chilly night and the oppressive heat during the day time, the unrelenting protestors ignored the appeal made by the Chief Minister to call off the stir, citing his meeting with the Prime Minister.
But the students refused to budge and said the protests would continue till the ban, imposed by the Supreme Court, was lifted. With more than 30 colleges declared holiday for the day, the crowd at Marina was expected to swell further.
The Marina Beach front already resembled a sea of humanity. Meanwhile, more organisations pledged their support to the Jallikattu protests, with the truckers announcing a dawn-to-dusk strike tomorrow. The Tamil film fraternity also pitched in their mite with various associations observing a strike today, cancelling all the shoots, while the Nadigar Sangam announced a fast tomorrow. While the protests entered the fourth day at Alanganallur in Madurai, elsewhere in the state, advocates boycotted courts and staged demonstrations and students too abstained from classes and hit the streets in favour of Jallikattu.