Protesters Demand Promulgation of Jallikattu Ordinance, Panneerselvam Meets PM ModiJanuary 19, 2017 12:02
Several students and youngsters continued to protest asking the government to lift the ban on Jallikattu. Thousands were gathered at the Marina beach on Thursday.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. He demanded the promulgation of an ordinance to conduct Jallikattu.
A senior minister said “the initial plan was to send a delegation of AIADMK MPs to meet Modi. But following reports of more and more people joining the protest by Wednesday afternoon, it was Chinnamma (Sasikala) who suggested that the Chief Minister should go and meet the Prime Minister in person. He will demand a presidential ordinance to ensure Jallikattu events this year.”
From Vadapalani to Guindy to Perungudi to Washermanpet to Parry’s Corner people were seen in huge shouting slogans for Jallikattu. Protestors demanded that the Union Government to promote an ordinance to ensure that the game is peacefully conducted in Tamil Nadu.
They also condemned the Prime Minister's inaction and Subramanian Swamy's insensitive remarks who called the protesters as “porukkis” (scoundrels).
Students from D.G. Vaishnav, St.Thomas, Pachayappas, Loyola and New Colleges and Ambedkar University also participated in the protest. Few school students were also spotted protesting at Marina beach.
“Peta has filed a case in section 37, stating the cause of animal cruelty, but bulls in Jallikattu are not tortured. Peta should have stood up for meat export rather than coming up with a cooked up case. Keeping this aside, according to article 29, we have the right to protest for our culture that is happening right now, but pathetically termed anti-democratic,” a law graduate said.
A few people distributed some eatables and water to the protesters in the beach.
The matter is with Supreme Court, there is no ordinance or amendment that can be brought in legally: Gauri Maulekhi, animal rights activist.
Protesters aren't aware of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. We can't allow animal fighting, says Dr Manilal, Veterinary Affairs, PETA India
BY M. DIVYA SRI