Protesters continue agitation against Jallikattu ban in TN, seek permanent solution

Thousands of protesters at the famed Marina Beach here and at Alanganallur today continued their protests against the Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu, a day after the Tamil Nadu government promulgated an ordinance for the conduct of the traditional bull-taming sport.
The demonstrators, whose protests entered the sixth day today, are demanding a permanent lifting of the ban as well as a  ban on PETA.
They did not accept Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam's assertion that the ban on the sport was lifted by the ordinance.
Mr. Panneerselvam said that the ordinance was the only solution to the impasse and appealed to the youth and students, who formed a  bulk of the protesters, to call of their agitation.
But the crowds, including women and children, were in no mood to relent and have declared that their protests would continue till a notification was issued removing bulls from the list of performing animals, which had led to the SC ban.
Mr. Panneerselvam, who left for Madurai last night to inaugurate the Jalliakttu at Vaadivasal this morning, could not do so in the face of determined opposition by the villagers of Alanganallur who, braving rains and nippy weather, refused to release their bulls into the arena.
The Chief Minister later told reporters at Madurai that Jallikatta would be held whenever the people wanted it to be held.
He said no one could now stop Jallikattu from being conducted following the promulgation of the ordinance. He also recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, during their meeting in Delhi on Thursday, promised all support from the Centre for the legal steps taken by the state government in this regard.
He also said a Bill seeking to replace the Ordinance would be introduced in the Assembly session, beginning here tomorrow, and that it would be passed. 
Meanwhile, Jallikattu was held at some other places in the state today after a gap of three years amidst fanfare.
DMK Working President and Opposition leader M K Stalin aoppealed to the Chief Minister to hold talks with the protestors at Marina, allay their fears about the ordinance and convince them to withdraw their agitation.


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