The row over ban on the Tamil sport 'Jallikattu' has snowballed into a state-wide agitation with protesters thronging Chennai's Marina Beach in support of the age-old tradition.
The mounting anger on the streets has prompted the top brass of the state government to chalk out a strategy to persuade people to maintain calm.
Chief minister O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi i9n Delhi and demanded an ordinance for the sport.
Here are the live updates:
# Chennai: People gather in huge numbers to protest in support of jallikattu at Marina Beach
# Prime Minister refuses to meet me. I don't have any other way but to sit outside his house till he meets me: PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss
# PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss sits in support of #Jallikattu outside PM residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, Delhi
# The case in SC is being heard and verdict is not pronounced yet. PM has assured support to whatever steps state government takes over Jallikattu: Panneerselvam
# Pongal is the biggest festival in Tamil Nadu. Bigger than Holi and Diwali and Jallikattu is an intergral part of it:Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
# Massive protests in support of Jallikattu continue for the third day at the Marina Beach in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu
# PM Modi tells Panneerselvam that Jallikattu matter is sub-judice but he appreciates its cultural significance.
While appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is presently sub-judice.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 19, 2017
# Chief minister Panneerselvam meets Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi, presents memorandum
# Supreme Court refuses to hear a plea seeking hearing of the matter pertaining to public protest at Marina beach: ANI
# Chief minister O Pannerselvam arrives at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi
# Activists protest outside Tamil Nadu House in support of the bull-taming sport Jallikattu
# CM Panneerselvam leaves Tamil Nadu House to meet PM Modi in Delhi
# Thousands of protesters gather at Chennai's Marina Beach in support of the age-old tradition