Jallikattu agitation: Tamil Nadu ministers hold talks with protesters, say will take up issue with President Pranab

Jallikattu protesters at Marina were unrelenting in their demand for conducting the sport

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: January 18, 2017 3:25 pm
jallikattu, chennai jallikattu protests, marina beach protests, marina beach jallikattu protests, tamil nadu protests, jallikattu latest, bull sport protests, chennai news, india news, latest news Youngsters stage a protest against Jallikattu ban at Alanganallur in Madurai on Monday. (Source: PTI Photo)

As pro-Jallikattu protests across Tamil Nadu continued to gain steam with a group of youngsters continuing their agitation in Chennai through the night, the state government on Wednesday held talks with agitators and assured its commitment to hold the bull taming sport in the state. The government also told the youths that it would even approach the President seeking an ordinance on the matter.

State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who along with his cabinet colleague K Pandiarajan held talks with representatives of the protesting youth in Chennai in the wee hours, said the 50 AIADMK Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will “exert required pressure on the Centre” for conduct of Jallikattu. “Not just that, this government will also take steps to meet the President to seek an ordinance,” Jayakumar said.

WATCH VIDEO | Protests Intensify In Tamil Nadu Against Ban On Jallikattu

Tamil Nadu has been urging the Centre repeatedly to issue an ordinance for the conduct of Jallikattu, held during the Tamil harvest festival Pongal in mid-January. More than 200 youths were taken into custody on Monday night after they held protests at Alanganallur village demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikattu. Responding to the protesters’ demands for an assurance from Chief Minister O Panneerselvam for conducting Jallikattu, School Education Minister Pandiarajan said the government cannot give any oral assurance and indicated that the chief minister could issue a statement later in the day on the matter.

jallikattu, chennai jallikattu protests, marina beach protests, marina beach jallikattu protests, tamil nadu protests, jallikattu latest, bull sport protests, chennai news, india news, latest news Members of DMK hold placards during a protest to organise Jallikattu, a banned sport at Alanganallur in Madurai on Tuesday. (Source: PTI Photo )

The ministers urged the protesters to withdraw their agitation. Chandramohan, one of the representatives who held talks with the ministers on behalf of the protesters, insisted that the chief minister support the bull taming sport. “The government should understand the sentiments of the people and exert pressure on the Centre. They (ministers) have assured to find a solution,” he said.

WATCH VIDEO | Tamil Nadu: People Protest At Marina Beach Against SC Ban On Jallikattu

Meanwhile, the protesters at Marina, who converged on Tuesday following an agitation at Alanganallur in Madurai, were unrelenting in their demand for conducting Jallikattu and continued to stay put at the protest site and sat through the night. The agitators claimed that more volunteers had either joined them or were on their way to join the protests.

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    Mack
    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:59 am
    Instead of Jallikattu now, let us play PETAkattu... We have to hunt down PETA supporters/members and bring them to the ground...
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      Dharmendra
      Jan 18, 2017 at 4:34 am
      UNWANTED INTERFERENCE BY SUPREME COURT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE DEMOCRATIC. SCREENING NATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE SCREENING, BANNING JALIKATTU AGE OLD TRADITIONAL GAME, WHY JUDGES WASTING THEIR TIME INSTREAD OF CLEARING THE HUGE PENDING CES. FIRST PEOPLE THEN ALL OTHER DEPARTMENTS, MINISTRIES AND OTHER FORCES. ONCE PEOPLE COME TO STREETS LIKE IN THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES THATS ALL NO FORCES CAN WITHSTAND AND MORE OVER THEY ALSO HAVE THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WILL ALSO STAND AGAINST THE ATTROCITIES AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND THEIR TRADITION
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      1. gopi chandar
        Jan 18, 2017 at 4:49 am
        Those who are speaking about animal cruelty including PETA and AWB, first stop drinking COWs milk.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Will you do?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Does the COW request you to take its milk?lt;br/gt;Cow creates MILK for its calf, not for you.lt;br/gt;If your Sister or Wife gave birth, will you take their milk for Café or Tea?lt;br/gt;Will you sell the extra milk to others?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then why are you putting injection and using sucker machines to get more MILK from COW?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Stop drinking MILK before raising your voice against Jallikattu.
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        1. Mike Long
          Jan 18, 2017 at 11:16 am
          Tamil Nadu is part of India union. Tamilian must obey the laws. No exception!
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            indianstudent
            Jan 18, 2017 at 7:09 am
            if ban lifted plz take bulls away from varanasi city as there are huge number of bulls hampering the traffic on road. Akhilesh yadav not doing anything for these beasts so it would be better if these beasts partite in bloody game and kill more number of beasts in form of human. I'll be bless !!
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