OPS in Delhi to meet PM Modi to resolve jallikattu issue
Earlier, he held talks with representatives of the over 5,000-odd protesters in Chennai who are on a sit-in at Marina Beach since Tuesday evening
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday night flew to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a quick solution on the jallikattu issue. Earlier, he held talks with representatives of the over 5,000-odd protesters in Chennai who are on a sit-in at Marina Beach since Tuesday evening demanding lifting of ban on the conduct of the traditional bull-taming sport and instead a ban on global NGO People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Separately, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala backed the demand to ban PETA, originally raised by DMK leader MK Stalin two days ago, The Hindu has reported.
However, the representatives refused to call off their agitation, which spawned overnight at the Marina in Chennai, Alanganallur in Madurai, VOC Grounds in Coimbatore and other districts, saying they would await the outcome of the scheduled talks between Modi and Panneerselvam.
The Tamil Nadu government has been batting for the conduct of the sport and had even approached the apex court to review the ban.
Initiated on social media platforms, the demonstrations, which were initially confined to college students and rural folk, overnight snowballed into a mass movement of sorts.
The Tamil Nadu Government Employees’ Association decided to stage demonstrations on Thursday to express solidarity with the cause.
Sensing the popular mood, the film fraternity also joined the chorus for jallikattu. Leading actors like Vijay, Suriya, Vikram, Dhanush, Nayantara and many others extended support to the sport. Nadigar Sangam has announced a day-long hunger strike on Friday. Sangam secretary actor Vishal wrote a letter to the Prime Minister seeking an ordinance.
However, Dalit voices countered the demand for jallikattu by stating that the bull taming sport has strong caste overtones and not a traditional sport.
In view of the massive student protests, many State universities and colleges declared holiday on Thursday.