Jallikattu protests Live: Tamil Nadu CM says took legal advice on SC ban, ordinance…
Thousands continued to stage protests on Friday against the ban on Jallikattu as the Tamil Nadu government said it has drafted an ordinance to ensure that the bull-taming sport is held in the state.
Protesters have thronged Chennai’s signature Marina Beach, and cities and towns across the state. The crowd was disappointed after the Centre dodged the state’s appeal for an ordinance to skirt the court ban on the bull-taming sport, which activists claim amounts to animal cruelty.
Celebrities and sportspersons have rallied behind demonstrators in Tamil Nadu, demanding that Jallikattu be allowed in the state during Pongal festivities.
Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman tweeted that he would fast on Friday to “support the spirit” of Tamil Nadu. Referring to the Supreme Court’s 2014 ban on Jallikattu, superstar Rajinikanth too chimed in: “Bring in whatever rules but Jallikattu must be held to keep up the traditions of our Tamil culture.”
Here are the live updates:
11:25am: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted in support of Jallikattu on Friday, calling the Jallikattu ban “a lesson for Hindutva forces”.
He linked the Tamil Nadu protests to the Uniform Civil Code and said the code “cannot be imposed… This nation cannot have one culture, we celebrate all”.
11:20am: Stalin is released after being held in preventive custody as DMK workers clashed with police at Mambalam station in Chennai.
11:05am: DMK’s working president (Stalin) requested the state govt for an all party meeting on the issue for demanding enactment of emergency law for Jallikattu, says Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi.
10:55am: SC agrees to delay its verdict on Jallikattu for a week after Centre says this will help avoid unrest.
Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumati that people of Tamil Nadu are “passionate” about Jallikattu and the Central government and the state are trying to resolve the issue.
Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar.
10:35am: Pon Radhakrishnan, Thamizhisai Soundarrajan reach environment minister Anil Dave’s residence in Delhi.
10:25am: DMK’s MK Stalin taken into preventative custody after halting a train while protesting in Mambalam station in Chennai.
Following protests, Southern Railway announced full and partial cancellation of some trains, besides diversion of others.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu asked the protestors not to cause inconvenience to the poor. “Rail is preferred mode of transport for poor, common people. Please don’t disrupt traffic, cause inconvenience to those who can’t afford other,” he said in a tweet.
10:15am: Prevention of animal cruelty act also taken into account, it will take a day or two, says attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, referring to Jallikattu ordinance.
10:10am: Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan tells ANI: The government should keep an eye on PETA because they are interfering in our traditions, adding that he will meet environment minister Anil Dave and Rajnath Singh.
10:05am: TV reports say the Tamil Nadu government has proposed to amend the animal cruelty act.
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 20, 2017
9:30am: DMK workers breach the barricades in Mambalam while protesting in support of Jallikattu. Party’s working president MK Stalin too joins the protest in Mambalam: ANI
9:20am: The state government exercised considerable pressure on the Centre to ensure that the home ministry passes the ordinance quickly, sources in the AIADMK tell HT.
After the draft ordinance is vetted by the ministry, it will then be delivered to President Pranab Mukherjee who will have to approve it for the Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao to officially promulgate it.
9am: Even after Tamil Nadu CM’s assurance, protesters at Marina Beach in Chennai say they will only call of the agitation after a formal order is received revoking the Jallikattu ban: TV reports
8:30am: CM Panneerselvam says he has spoken to legal experts and Tamil Nadu has readied an ordinance to bypass Jallikattu ban… We will revoke the ban on Jallikattu with the ordinance. “The Centre has assured its support.”
“A draft ordinance is ready, and has been sent to the home ministry. I believe the draft would be approved in 1-2 days, which will pave way for Jallikattu… I request all protesters to call off their demonstration.”
“There is a high chance Jallikattu will be held in the next 1-2 days.”
— Aditya Iyer (@Theadityaiyer) January 20, 2017
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India had said on Thursday that it may take the legal route if the Centre brings an ordinance to enable Jallikattu.
8:20am: AIADMK lawmakers will meet home minister Rajnath Singh at noon on Friday to discuss the Jallikattu ban, TV reports say.
A day before, Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an ordinance on Jallikattu. Modi, however, remained non-committal on the contentious issue, saying the matter was in the Supreme Court.
8:15am: Tamil Nadu opposition DMK leader and MP Kanimozhi will hold a ‘rail roko’ protest at Chennai Egmore railway station in support of Jallikattu on Friday, ANI reports.
8am: Members of South Indian Artists association, Nadigar Sangam, ask media to not cover their silent protest against Jallikattu and “focus on the youth at Marina beach”.
7:45am: Protests continue at Chennai’s Marina Beach. Schools across Tamil Nadu to remain closed for the day.
(With inputs from agencies)