Jallikattu protests LIVE updates: Panneerselvam wants ordinance, PM Modi says it is sub-judice

The chief minister had earlier told mediapersons at the airport that he would apprise the prime minister of the sentiments and aspirations attached to the sport.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2017 2:58 pm
jallikattu, panneerselvam, narendra modi, jallikattu protest, chennai, tamil nadu, what is jallikattu, jallikattu agitation TN CM Panneerselvam with PM Modi (ANI photo)

As massive protests over the Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu entered the third day in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu on Thursday, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and urged him to bring in an ordinance for the conduct of the popular traditional sport. In response, the Prime Minister said the matter is sub-judice even as he appreciated the cultural significance of the bull-taming sport. He added a central team would be deputed to Tamil Nadu shortly and ‘all possible assistance’ will be extended to address the drought situation in the state.

The Chief Minister had earlier told mediapersons at the airport that he would apprise the Prime Minister of the “sentiments” and “aspirations” attached with the sport. “The (state) government is walking the path of Amma (late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa). We will take all legal measures till we get justice in the Jallikattu issue,” he said, according to PTI. “We should not construe that the Centre is ignoring Tamil Nadu on this issue,” he added. The ruling AIADMK said a resolution would be passed in the state assembly demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikattu and barring of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals), which has resisted the conduct of the sport citing cruelty to bulls.

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Despite the Chief Minister’s call to withdraw protests, hundreds more joined the agitation at the Marina in Chennai and trooped into the streets of the city on the day, remaining steadfast in their demand to lift the court ban on the conduct of the popular sport this year. Agitations also continued in various parts of the state, including Alanganallur, the usual hub of the Jallikattu event, with students and people from other walks of life joining the stir. Much of the protests across the state have been planned on social media.

The state government, realising the increasing size of the protests, had requested the protesters to call off the agitation citing the declining law and order situation. The agitation is expected to continue Thursday.

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Meanwhile, actors, sports persons and artists came out in strong support of the bull-taming sport calling for cultural traditions of the state to be respected. Chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, actors Vijay, Vishal, lyricist Madhan Karky were among those who have expressed support for Jallikattu.

Other updates below:

# The Madras High Court Advocates Association today announced boycott of the courts tomorrow in support of state wide protests demanding a lifting ban on Jallikattu.

# PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss, who was sitting on dharna outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence seeking ordinance on Jallikattu, has been detained by the police.

#Congress leader RS Surjewala reacted to the protests in Tamil Nadu saying the party respects the rights of people in Tamil Nadu to preserve culture and protect the rich traditions of Jallikattu. He said it was the responsibility of the state and the Centre to ensure safety during the conduct of the sport. He was speaking to news agency ANI.

#Meanwhile, the protests are still in full flow at Marina Beach.

Protesters at Marina Beach (ANI photo) Protesters at Marina Beach (ANI photo)

# Nikunj Sharma, Government Affairs Liaison of PETA India said in a statement, “PETA India does not make law, we can only respect law, and so targeting PETA India can have no bearing whatsoever on the central government laws which have been prohibiting cruel spectacles like jallikattu, bull races and bullfights for years. Anyone who claims otherwise is being either misleading or demonstrating that they are unaware how laws work.”

It added, “The courts of law in India have time and again held that the use of bulls in performances is and will be illegal under Indian law.We at PETA India shall remain committed to stand up for animals and all creatures that face brutality and cruelty.”

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First Published on: January 19, 2017 11:27 am
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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 19, 2017 at 10:10 am
    If Modi government support Jallikattu, opposition will ask him about his party's gau vansh prem (cows breed love). That's why I think Modi government will never oppose the ban on Jallikattu.
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      Haradhan Mandal
      Jan 19, 2017 at 8:05 am
      But - I will propose TO FREE the BULL, BUFFALOES (and cows) from ALL INHUMAN TASKS,from being made the beast of burden, from using in bullock carts, from putting their BRUISED SHOULDERS under the YOKES for tilling the lands . This is also INHUMAN.
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        Haradhan Mandal
        Jan 19, 2017 at 8:06 am
        Kerala has a better 'CULTURAL TRADITION' - the snake boat race. They have even one for the women also to partite.
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          Haradhan Mandal
          Jan 19, 2017 at 8:06 am
          Kerala has a better 'CULTURAL TRADITION' and (and an opportunity to show off manliness for the real MEN ) in snake boat race. They have even one for the women also to partite.
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            Haradhan Mandal
            Jan 19, 2017 at 8:05 am
            Kerala has a better 'CULTURAL TRADITION' and (and an opportunity to show off manliness for the real MEN ) in snake boat race. They have even one for the women also to partite. lt;br/gt;But - I will propose TO FREE the BULL, BUFFALOES (and cows) from ALL INHUMAN TASKS,from being made the beast of burden, from using in bullock carts, from putting their BRUISED SHOULDERS under the YOKES for tilling the lands . This is also INHUMAN.
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              Rithik
              Jan 19, 2017 at 10:54 am
              Hey Moron Menon....see i proved your point ...thats why we want jallikattu to be legalized .....btw supporting killing and not torturing seems like good common sense....adding to that here bulls are not tortured....
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                Rithik
                Jan 19, 2017 at 8:55 am
                Hey Moron Menon...May be u should go look at ur temples in kerala where they torture elephants....pyscho
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                  Rithik
                  Jan 19, 2017 at 8:57 am
                  Hey Moron Menon...if u talk about torture...u should look at ur own state kerala for being the largest exporter of beef....
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                    SubbuI
                    Jan 19, 2017 at 6:36 am
                    DICTATOR MODI CAN NOT ESCAPE THE SOLVING JALLIKATTU ISSUE HIDIND BEHIND SUB JIDICE.lt;br/gt;HOW HE BROUGHT DEMONETISATION IN FEW HOURS NOTICE EVEN THE JUDICARY WAS BYPED?lt;br/gt;108 PEOPLE DIED IN ATM AND BANK QUE FOR THEIR OWN MONET FOR HOURSlt;br/gt;( UPTO 48 HOURS AT SOME PLACES) SUPREME COURT ORDER OF TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE PROBLEM WERE IGNORED BY THE DICTATOR .WAS THAT NOT DIS RESPECT TO JUDICARY? NOW HE SHOWS EXTRAORDINARY RESPECT TO JUDICARY?lt;br/gt;DELHI ALLWAYS GIVES STEP MOTHERLY TO TAMILS AND THEIR CULTURE.
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                      SubbuI
                      Jan 19, 2017 at 6:40 am
                      IF NALAYAK NMODI TRY TO TAKE POLITCAL ADVANTAGE NOW AND TRY TO GET BJP ALLIENCE WITH SASHIKALA AIDMK USING THIS SITUATION AND DOING SOME EYE WASH SOLUTION.HE WILL BE BADLY MIS TAKEN .TTAMILIANS WILL NEVER FOR GIVE BOTH CRIMINALS
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                        SubbuI
                        Jan 19, 2017 at 7:09 am
                        MODI CAN NO HIDE BEHIND THE REASON OF " SUB JUDICE" .HE MUST FIND ASOLUTION AND ALLOW JALLIKATTU OR THE SITUTION BECOME UNMANAGEABLE STUDENTS AGITATION WITH ELDERS SUPPOR BE EBVEN LEAD UPTO DEMAND OD SEPERATE TAMIL NADU. THEN MODI THE CRIMINAL CORRUPTED DICTATOR WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH EVENTUALITY
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                          SubbuI
                          Jan 19, 2017 at 8:10 am
                          NALAYAK NMODI WILL PAY FOR THIS POLITICAL OPPURTUNISM AND TAKING SUB JUDICE ESCPE ROUTE. ACTUALLY HE IS NEGOTIATING WITHTH SASIKALA ADMK FOR O POLITCAL ENTERY IN TAMIL NADU. HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EVUNTUALITY IN TAMIL NNADU EVEN STUDENTS ANS POPLE DAMANDING SEPERATE TAMIL NADU AWAY FROM UNION OF INDIA
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                            Amar
                            Jan 19, 2017 at 6:53 am
                            Anyone understand an SC Order???? Its a Supreme Court Order. A court order for God's sake. Go and fight it in the courts if you want the ban lifted. Such s here.Getting the government involved in everything.
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                              Balanand
                              Jan 19, 2017 at 11:07 am
                              Going by your logic all Hindu sounding names who criticize BJP and Modi must be Musilms or Christians. You must be a christian or Muslim bigot in the garb of a Hindu sounding name.
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                                Neha Choubey
                                Jan 19, 2017 at 9:03 am
                                I don't think BJP will do anything for prevention of ban. They want to emerge as a strong third front in Tamil Nadu, so it is important for them to show the current govt is not in a state to handle law n order situation. As far as Jallikattu is concerned, PETA is showing its double standards quite clearly! How about banning derby or camel race? No animals are hurt there,eh? N how about banning slaughtering of cows not only in India but in other countries too?
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                                  Crosswinds
                                  Jan 19, 2017 at 7:21 am
                                  Bulls that are able to partite successfully in the Jallikattu event are used as studs for breeding. This practice ensures that only the strongest and most virile bulls are used for breeding, thus effectively making the offspring of such bulls stronger, less susceptible to diseases and able to produce higher quality milk. Jallikattu is the traditional and only practical way by which farmers in Tamil Nadu are able to preserve the genetic strength and traits of the indigenous cattle breeds. Jallikattu also serves a secondary purpose of providing farmers to hold onto their bulls. The bulls which are able to perform well in Jallikattu fetch higher prices in the markets, making the engagement of bulls in Jallikattu a valuable activity to farmers. Thereby the potion of bulls, which apart from being used as studs and in events such as Jallikattu serve no real purpose, are preserved.[11]
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                                    Crosswinds
                                    Jan 19, 2017 at 7:17 am
                                    Request the media to post correct meaning of JalliKattu.
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                                      Crosswinds
                                      Jan 19, 2017 at 7:16 am
                                      There are other importnat reason for Jallikattu its not only a tradition or sport its more than tat. there is a reason behind. Save Indian breed cattles.
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                                        Jan 19, 2017 at 6:19 am
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                                          Anil
                                          Jan 19, 2017 at 6:49 am
                                          BJP and Congress does not help tamil nadu since their parties are not strong in vote booth and Tamil people doesnt know hindi. No way TN gonna help the central government thats what they r not respecting us. Projects like Methane, GAIL, Kudamkulam which are opposed by all other state and set up in TN because nama elam illichavaayen. Current generated from Kudamkulam will distribute to all state. Sucking our resource and distributing to other state.
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                                            Santano Fernandes
                                            Jan 19, 2017 at 8:13 am
                                            It is important the Government of India should not allow Tamils to be killed by bulls. They are intoxicated with the game so much like drugs that even if they die they don't care. But for the Government of India who has the responsibility should take care of its people and not allow them to die hanging on the bulls horns. This is like an offence under the IPC of one try to commit suicide. The Govt of India should engage the people of Tamil Nadu more in other good activities of re-production so that they forget in this dangerous game.
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