TN ministers try to pacify pro-jallikattu protesters, but to no avail
The government also told the youths that it would even approach the President seeking an ordinance on the matter
As over 5,000 people, mostly students and techies, held an overnight protest along the Marina beach in Chennai demanding permission to host the banned bull-taming festival jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and a ban on animal rights organisation People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ministers on Wednesday held talks and assured them of its commitment to hold the sport in the state.
The government also told the youths that it would even approach the President seeking an ordinance on the matter, The Indian Express reported.
State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and School Education Minister K Pandiarajan held talks with representatives of the protesting youth in Chennai in the wee hours. Jayakumar said the 50 AIADMK Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members would “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.
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.
Pandiarajan indicated that the chief minister could issue a statement later in the day on the matter.
The ministers urged the protesters to withdraw their agitation. But, the protesters 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.